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Simeone aims dig at Real Madrid after Atletico lose derby: “They criticized us back then”



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Atletico Madrid fell to a 2-1 defeat in the Madrid Derby on Sunday night. Los Rojiblancos had the home advantage for the game but were simply no match for Real Madrid’s clinical attacking and solid defence.

After going two goals down in the first half, the hosts equalised in the last ten minutes through Hermoso. However, the goal came a tad bit too late and they could not find an equaliser in time. 

Diego Simeone spoke to the media after his team’s loss at the Metropolitano. Here are the snippets from his interaction with the press as revealed by MARCA.

On Real Madrid playing with a low block: “The forcefulness is wonderful and to see a team that defends low and goes on the counterattack like that. It reminds me of the team we had with Costa when they criticized us back then.”

On Real Madrid’s performance: “The players gave everything, they gave themselves well to the game. They have a very good direct game, a quick transition from defence to attack, forcefulness, orderly defence, they play well, take advantage of their chances.”

On Antoine Griezmann starting: “We understood that Antoine could come out from the start, he gave us a lot of work as a second striker trying to go down to associate, in the second half on the wing to play with two forwards.”

On the injury situation in defence: “We hope that Savic and Giménez can be with the team more this year because last season we suffered a lot. We hope to count on them to have alternatives.”

On how the team will take the defeat: “We keep working and we look at Sevilla knowing what needs to be improved and what we do well.”

On the Joao Felix-Antoine Griezmann connection: “We couldn’t connect as we wanted.”

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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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