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Real Madrid unhappy with referee assignment for Spanish Super Cup semi-final vs Atletico

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With victories the norm this season, the momentum of Real Madrid has proven to be unstoppable so far.

After securing a first-place position in La Liga at the halfway point of the season, qualifying for the Champions League Round of 16 with an unblemished record, and securing a spot in the Copa del Rey Round of 16, Real Madrid will now be looking to emulate their success in the Spanish Super Cup.

On the 10th of January, the Merengues are set to lock horns with city rivals, Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in Saudi Arabia.

Real Madrid express discontent with referee selection

While the form of Los Blancos conveys optimism, according to MARCA the selection of referee Alberola Rojas to officiate the derby match in Riyadh has caused much angst within Real Madrid.

In charge of officiating the La Liga derby, he was criticized by the team through Madrid TV for a number of lapses in judgment that allegedly contributed to Atleti’s 3-1 victory.

Alberola Rojas came under great heat as Real Madrid publicized a collage of the errors he made, and was accused of allowing Atletico Madrid to win comfortably due to his biased decisions.

Real Madrid TV claims that before Alvaro Morata’s goal in the third minute, the referee failed to signal a clear foul on Jude Bellingham.

Moreover, at the end of the half, Real Madrid claimed Rojas’ decision to rule out Eduardo Camavinga’s goal should not have stood as Antonio Rudiger was not involved in the play.

They also argued that Jose Maria Gimenez was pardoned for his supposed expulsion for a foul on Rodrygo just before halftime, which would have left Atletico Madrid with ten players for the whole of the second half.

Under Rojas’ supervision, Real Madrid suffered their only defeat of the season and thus the club is unsurprisingly dissatisfied that he will return to officiate the upcoming semi-final.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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