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Official: Real Madrid duo, Atletico trio included in Spain’s World Cup squad

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Spain manager Luis Enrique has announced his final 26-man squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. And the list features two players from Real Madrid and three more from Atletico Madrid.

The two Real Madrid players who make the cut are right-back Dani Carvajal and forward Marco Asensio. Their inclusion hardly comes as a surprise given that they have been regulars in the scheme of things under Enrique.

Carvajal will battle with Cesar Azpilicueta for the starting right-back slot while Asensio will compete for a spot in the attacking unit that also comprises of talents like Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo.

As expected, there is no place for veteran star Nacho Fernandez, while former Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has also not been called up.

As for Atletico Madrid, Koke, Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Morata are the three players who have made it to the final list that will fly to Qatar with the Spanish national team.

While the Rojiblancos are not going through the best of moments on the pitch, Enrique has continued to place his faith in the aforementioned trio for the biggest tournament in football.

Mario Hermoso, Saul Niguez and Sergio Reguilon (on loan from Tottenham) are the Atletico Madrid players who miss out from the La Roja roster.

Spain begin their journey on November 23 against Costa Rica before facing Germany in a high-profile encounter. They will end their group stage commitments with a fixture against Japan.

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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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