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Simeone talks Griezmann, Felix, Hermoso, fans after Atletico Madrid 2-1 FC Porto

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Atletico Madrid pulled off a nervy win over Porto on Wednesday night. The game featured one of the most dramatic endings of any football game with three goals in extra time deciding the winner.

Porto dominated the 90 minutes, recording 17 shots including seven blocked shots. They created two big chances and seemed to be on course to win. However, a red card to Mehdi Taremi in the 81st minute changed the complexion of the game.

After strikes from Mario Hermoso and Mateus Uribe cancelled each other out, the winning goal eventually came from Antoine Greizmann in the 101st minute and sent Los Rojiblancos atop Group B.

Diego Simeone spoke to the press (h/t Diario AS) after the game about his team’s performance and specific players who impressed him. Here are the snippets from his interaction.

On Porto’s display: “They were better in the match in the middle, won the ball and pressed better. They were better than us in terms of pressure, they didn’t let us do anything because of their intensity and it is not the first time it has happened to us with them.”

On Atletico’s subpar showing: “They worked very well, they didn’t allow us to play, we were not able to.”

On Hermoso’s dramatic goal followed by an equaliser: “Then came the goal, the half-lucky goal that Mario Hermoso hits, it seemed as if we were on our way, but we were not composed, we lost a simple ball, then the penalty that [Jan] Oblak almost pulls in.”

On the winning goal: “It ends with an important goal, a ball from a set-piece, which is something we haven’t managed for a while, glanced and finished. The triumph allows us to correct things, but the match was bad.”

On Griezmann’s limited game time: “We can see the reality and it is that in 30 minutes he is doing very well. We don’t know in 60. Let’s look at the realities.”

On Joao Felix: “He is working very well, especially in the search for what he wants. He looks more mature, he needs a goal. He needs that.”

On fans whistling his decision to remove Felix for Angel Correa: “It doesn’t bother me or surprise me. Joao is important, but so is Correa.”

On celebrating Griezmann’s goal: “Any coach scoring a goal at the last minute would be equally happy.”

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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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