Real Madrid’s clash against Liverpool was the mark of the beginning of a challenging period for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. The men in white face Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Betis in their next three games across all competitions.
With a hectic and challenging schedule ahead, the manager can only hope to have as many fit players as possible to navigate through the situation. Ahead of the Madrid derby, Ancelotti has seemingly been granted such a gift.
According to reports from MARCA, Aurelien Tchouameni is back and is expected to start against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Needless to say, this is big news for the Real Madrid camp.
The youngster suffered close to a month out of action after an injury early in January. He came back for Los Blancos’ game against Valencia and played a key part in Real Madrid’s march to the Club World Cup. However, the joy was short-lived as he was once again left out of the squad after the win over Elche with flu.
The French midfielder is now back and raring to go, and his return could not come at a better time.
In the youngster’s absence, the onus to cover the defensive midfield position had fallen on Eduardo Camavinga. While the French international did a good job filling his compatriot’s shoes, Tchouameni looks set replace him tomorrow as the former requires rest.
Tchouameni has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season, providing two assists and averaging over ten defensive actions per game. His seamless transition since the summer has left no reason for fans to miss Casemiro, the Brazilian legend who owned the defensive midfield slot at Madrid not too long ago.
Real Madrid cannot afford to drop points against Diego Simeone’s side on Saturday night given the pre-existing eight-point gap with Barcelona. Needless to say, the former Monaco man must be decisive if his side are to take all three points.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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