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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup to face Sevilla

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After the derby defeat prior to the international break, Atletico Madrid will be aiming to return to winning ways in La Liga when they lock horns with Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in a few hours.

Los Rojiblancos have confirmed their starting XI for the contest against Julen Lopetegui’s side for the clash. The big news for Atletico Madrid is that key defenders Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic are fully fit and included in the lineup by manager Diego Simeone.

Interestingly, Cholo has switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the game as had been speculated for much of this week. Nahuel Molina and Reinildo Mandava line up as the full-backs flanking Savic and Gimenez, while Jan Oblak continues in goal.

Veteran midfielder Axel Witsel starts in the centre of the park after having played in defence for much of the new season. He partners with club captain Koke, who creates history as he becomes the Atletico Madrid player with the most number of appearances for the Rojiblancos.

Surprisingly, Yannick Carrasco is not included in the lineup as Simeone has favoured Saul Niguez on the left flank while Marcos Llorente starts on the right.

Up ahead, Alvaro Morata gets the nod as expected, but he is partnered by Matheus Cunha ahead of Joao Felix. Antoine Griezmann, as has been the norm this season, appears on the bench, along with Angel Correa and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Atletico Madrid Starting XI: Oblak, Molina, Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo, Llorente, Koke, Witsel, Saul, Cunha, Morata.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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