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Official: Atletico Madrid’s fixture schedule for the Champions League group stage



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Atletico Madrid will kick off their UEFA Champions League group stages in less than two weeks. The Rojiblancos learnt their fate in the draw this past Thursday, as they were paired up with FC Porto, Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge in Group B.

And, now they have been made aware of their fixture schedule for the group stages of Europe’s premier continental competition.

Diego Simeone’s side will kick off the group stage with a home game against FC Porto on September 7, in what would be a feisty clash between two strong teams at the Civitas Metropolitano.

Los Rojiblancos’ next assignment in Europe will take them to Germany, where they will face off against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena on September 13, which will come only days before the derby against Real Madrid.

Players will then fly away on the international break before returning early in October. And Atletico’s first European fixture post the break will be against Club Brugge away in Belgium on October 4.

They host the same opposition back at the Metropolitano on October 12 before locking horns with Bayer Leverkusen on October 26 once again on their home turf.

Los Colchoneros will end their group stage assignments in the Champions League with a trip to Portugal to face FC Porto on November 1.

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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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