Earlier this week, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was adamant about the return of Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian international has been sidelined for a couple of weeks due to an injury. But the Real Madrid coach sparked hopes of his return against FC Barcelona in the revered El Clasico on Sunday.
However, according to Sergio Santos, Courtois has been ruled out for the game as he has not yet fully recovered from his knock. This comes after similar reports from Sergio Quirante that suggested that the goalkeeper had missed training once again, ahead of the encounter.
In his report, Santos adds that the former Chelsea shot-stopper had known about his fate since yesterday when he did not train with the team.
But Real Madrid had kept repeatedly flowing the possibility of him returning to action for the Barcelona game in order to maintain the intrigue and keep the opposition guessing, ahead of this crucial encounter.
That is where Carlo Ancelotti’s comments come into the fray. The Italian had said that Courtois had trained ahead of the game and had a test pending before he could be given the clearance to feature against Barcelona.
However, with the Belgian now ruled out of action, Real Madrid are set to continue with Andriy Lunin as their main shot-stopper. This is arguably going to be the toughest test yet for the young Ukrainian goalkeeper, who has already featured in four competitive matches this season.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.