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Official: Madrid derby in the UEFA Youth League 1/8th final



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The schedule of the UEFA Youth League has been announced, and there is reason to celebrate for fans on both sides of Madrid. Defending champions Real Madrid will take on neighbors Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 of the competition, setting up a much-anticipated derby.

The game will be a single-leg knockout as are all games of the Youth League. Moreover, there will be no extra time in the event of the draw. A penalty shootout will directly decide the winner.

The clash of the Madrid youth teams is set for the 1st or 2nd of March, with the winner participating in the quarter-finals later in the month. The finals will be held in Lyon on April 25th.

Unlike the senior UEFA Champions League, the youth competition does not follow country protection. This means that any two teams, irrespective of the country of origin, can play against each other at any stage.

This is contrary to the UCL where teams from the same nation cannot play against each other in the initial knockout rounds.

Real Madrid’s youth side finished the group stages with 13 points, just ahead of Inter Milan on head-to-head results. While they have scored 11 goals in the competition, they have conceded six times.

Meanwhile, the youth outfit of Los Rojiblancos finished second in Group B behind Liverpool. The Spanish side secured 10 points in six games, but it was not enough to overtake the Merseyside team who scored 11 points.

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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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