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Rodrigo De Paul lashes out at critics after winning the World Cup with Argentina



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Rodrigo De Paul has always given his all to the Argentine National Team. His performances for Atletico Madrid may not ooze class, but the player never disappoints while donning the prestigious blue and white colours.

The midfielder was celebrating Argentina’s historic and nail-biting win over France in the World Cup final on TikTok live (h/t Albiceleste Talk) and sent a clear message to his haters, and rightfully so, as a World Champion.

“We are in history forever. And to whoever doubted me, suck my d***.”

The Atletico Madrid player was one of Argentina’s most important players in midfield, starting all games and winning duel after duel in the middle of the park.

In his seven appearances, he averaged over seven defensive actions and a key pass per game. He might not have had his best individual performance in the final but was crucial in helping his side dominate France for 70-odd minutes.

De Paul will return to action for his club after a short and well-deserved hiatus and could make it in time for Atletico Madrid’s key game against Barcelona in early January.

In twelve La Liga appearances for Diego Simeone’s side this season, De Paul has scored one goal and provided one assist. However, he has not been a regular starter for Los Rojiblancos and averages just under an hour played per game.

After a strong World Cup campaign and a taste of nectar, one hopes that the 28-year-old returns with the same intensity and drops similar masterclasses for Los Rojiblancos.

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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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