Real Madrid will have the chance to register two wins out of two against Atletico Madrid as the two sides lock horns in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals tomorrow night.
Real Madrid still have a fair few key players out injured for the derby against Diego Simeone’s side, including both right-backs in Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez.
Aurelien Tchouameni and Eden Hazard have also been ruled out of the Atletico clash, although the latter was seen training with the team today.
Ancelotti will, however, be able to rely on the services of David Alaba. The Austrian missed the Spanish Super Cup and the subsequent two games due to injury, but has been confirmed as a starter by Ancelotti for tomorrow.
Nacho Fernandez is also in line to start again as a right-back in the absence of Carvajal and Vazquez.
Youngsters Sergio Arribas and Mario Martin have been called up from the reserves, but will, in all probability, start from the bench.
Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer
Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.
The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.
This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.
This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.
That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.