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Real Madrid unhappy with Atletico about several issues, non-aggression pact in danger



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Rivalries are a part and parcel of football. However, even the most bitter of enemies need to have a set of guidelines to ensure that conflicts and disputes do not escalate out of hand.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, too have between them a non-aggression pact to serve a similar purpose. It is an unwritten agreement that stopped Los Blancos from signing anyone from Atletico without prior permission or vice versa.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, the non-aggression pact between the two Madrid based sides is in danger. Atletico have scouted Real Madrid’s youth academy in recent years and targetted them in the transfer window.

Moreover, the fact that Simeone’s side did not give Real Madrid a Guard of honour for winning La Liga or even congratulate them is said to be taken with a pinch of salt at the Bernabeu.

A recent example of Atletico targetting and signing a player from the Bernabeu is Marcos Llorente in 2019. However, that transfer seemingly had complete agreement between the two clubs, much like the move of Theo Hernandez in the opposite direction in 2017.

A meeting has reportedly been planned to analyse the situation between the two rivals and rebuild the broken bridges. However, it remains to be seen as to how Simeone’s side view the state of affairs.

Real Madrid won La Liga with a lead of 15 points over the rivals earlier this season. Incidentally, they sealed their league title just before they played at Wanda Metropolitano.

It was on that very night that Atletico refused to provide a guard of honour out of ‘respect’ for their fans and went on to beat their rivals by a margin of one goal.

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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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