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Simeone talks Joao Felix, Oblak, Ancelotti, formations ahead of Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid may have gotten off to a poor start to their league season but their performances in recent weeks have given fans a reason to cheer. Los Rojiblancos have won two of their last three league encounters and currently sit in fourth place with six wins in ten games.

They now face fifth-placed Real Betis at Benito Villamarin on Sunday. Both teams sit level on twenty points with only a better goal difference placing Atletico ahead.

Diego Simeone spoke to the press ahead of his team’s clash and talked about a plethora of topics including the team’s relationship with the fans. Here are the snippets from his media interaction.

On restoring a bond with fans: “We have to be strong again at home, with our people, with the support of our people above all, so that the team recovers that energy that is always transmitted from the outside to the inside.

“But above all, we, from the inside, get people excited, which is what people need to be hooked on the team. That is what I see, above all, what is happening to us at home.”

On Joao Felix’s situation: “Let’s see, several situations. When talking about Joao the focus is on him, if it happened to Correa, Cunha, Morata, or Griezmann, the subject would not be discussed in the same way. But it generates opinion and discussion talk about Joao.” 

On the Portuguese winger’s training: “I’ve already explained what I thought, Joao is training better, with good energy and good feelings, so based on what he’s doing, hopefully when it’s his turn he’ll do it as a result of what he’s now showing in training.”

On the effect of his system on Felix: “Regarding the system, I don’t think it has any influence on Joao, because playing in 4-3-3, it is clear that with Carrasco, he is the one who best knows the position as a left winger, where he likes to play, and if plays 5-3-2 or 4-4-2 is on the inside and has done it a lot of times.”

“I’m glad to see that we share an opinion about Joao’s improvement in training, as you have commented, and hopefully, it will be a consequence if he has to play 20, 60′, 80′ or 101 minutes.”

On injured players: “Let’s hope that all the players are well because we need them all and as soon as they are all well, the team will win.”

On Jan Oblak: “Oblak is going to be called up.”

On Manuel Pellegrini: “Pellegrini’s and mine are two different situations with a similar value. We have transmitted it in Atleti and he has done it in the world. Not only in Europe, but in South America as well. His teams have their brand, their game identity, and he never changes that.”

On Real Betis: “Betis are competitive, more and more and more closer to that goal they have of the Champions League. La Liga is tough, Real, Sevilla, Betis, Osasuna, they are growing, the Champions League places begin to be more and more complicated”.

On Los Verdiblancos’ phenomenal run last season: “Last season marked the path that Betis has shown. In the end, it didn’t manage to reach that goal of the Champions League, but with a great effort in the middle for the Cup. The path to follow is what they are doing. The team plays well, it’s dangerous, with a lot of attacks”.

On Carlo Ancelotti’s recent comments on being called a Cholista: “I understand what Ancelotti said from the question he was asked.

“We are certainly not similar at all, because Madrid manages to win continuously and we make a continuous effort year after year to get closer to Madrid and Barca, who are the best year to year, and we try to do it with our spirit, our weapons, we seek to do what brings us closer to competing against them.”

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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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