Mesut looks like the only one nervous about that idea! Sorry, I can never pass up an opportunity to freak my beloved Shiggers out. Just making sure you’re awake, dear. And as for what you’re probably saying in response right now, I suggest you go and wash that dirty mouth out with soap, Missy! <3The boys had their last training before meeting Deportivo tomorrow. Burgui and Aguza from the reserves joined in again. Benz was in the gym to work out. Iker continued his recovery and Xabi stretched alone on the lawn, giving us some glorious photos of him working those training legs.
The following players were called up for the match:
Goalkeepers: Adán, Jesús and Diego López
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Coentrão, Carvalho, Marcelo, Arbeloa and Albiol
Midfielders: Khedira, Kaká, Özil, Essien, Modric, Callejón and Di María
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín and Morata
Morata was chosen to give the presser today, which I was delighted to see.
“The Deportivo game will be a tough one because they have the players to get out of the situation they find themselves in”, added the Real Madrid striker, talking about the next match in La Liga
Álvaro Morata appeared in the press room at Real Madrid City where he met the media. The Madrid reserves player is in excellent form for this Saturday’s game against Deportivo at the Riazor stadium after scoring his first official goal against Rayo in the Bernabéu. The striker analyzed the upcoming game against the team from Galicia: “It will be difficult. They are going to give it their all. Their players want to keep their places in the team with their new manager and get out of the difficult situation that they find themselves in. And they have the players to do it.” He also had words of praise for José Mourinho: “He is close to the players; he gives us advice, cracks jokes and treats the younger players very well. Players like me who have risen from the academy and the reserves try to take his advice on board because he is the best manager in the world.”
As for whether he will play tomorrow, as already occurred on the last match day against Rayo, he said: “The other day I got the chance to play in La Liga, I felt comfortable and tomorrow I hope to get the chance to play even if it’s just for a few minutes. When I saw the sending-off I knew it would be my turn because that is what normally happens. We needed to take off the centre-forward to bring on a defender. Whenever I come on to the pitch I am going to give 100%. The Boss knows that, the whole coaching team knows it.”
The Madrid Reserves player had words of praise also for Higuaín and Benzema, his fellow-strikers: “I think they stand out for their commitment to each match and to every training session. Higuaín raises the bar every day and Benzema really is a quality player”. When asked to comment on the return legs of the two knock-out rounds that his team face against Barcelona and Manchester United, in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League respectively, he had this to say: “They are two very different teams; both of them are in the hunt for the Champions League Title. We take each game as it comes and if the team continues to fire on all cylinders I am confident that we can win both titles.”
As to whether players can manage themselves without a head coach in Barcelona, his view was: “It’s a difficult situation, but I’m sure the manager is on top of it. Nonetheless, the important game right now is the one tomorrow against Deportivo and afterwards we can focus on the games against Barcelona and Manchester, which will be the crucial ones this season. It will be a big ask, but this team has what it takes to get the result in both matches”.
Regarding the words of his team-mate Sergio Ramos, when he said that if a Spanish club plays against a foreign one he always wants the Spanish to win, Morata said: “That’s understandable. If someone feels Spanish it’s normal that they want the Spaniards to win. It is a different matter of course if two Spanish clubs go up against each other in a competition.”
Finally, in response to a question about this Castilla team-mate Jesé: “We all know how the guy plays. He is doing a spectacular job and if he keeps working this way everything will fall into his lap. He is completely focussed on the Guadalajara game. I have talked to him and he’s totally focussed on winning the match.”
Pepe had a little interview with Bwin.com which was also posted on the mothership.
“Deportivo will be very motivated because they are playing against Real Madrid”, said the Real Madrid defender
Real Madrid are coming into the decisive part of the season and will play the first of their three away matches in just 10 days against Deportivo de La Coruña in Riazor Stadium. Pepe, who has already played two matches since recovering from his injury, analysed the match for Bwin’s website and highlighted the Galician side’s main threat: “I think that it is the strong support of their fans. They will be very motivated because they are playing against Real Madrid”. About Cristiano Ronaldo and the question of whether he is the best player he has played with, he replied: “Undoubtedly. Cristiano is a very complete player. He has all the qualities to be an athlete and, because of that, I think that he is a very complete footballer and the best in the world”.
The Whites are working intensively to achieve their goals and the best results in all competitions. “Every day we have a hard training session because we all want to play. There are 25 players and we all want to take part. This is good for the club and difficult for the coach. We each try to give our best so that we get to play the next match. The coach chooses the best players to win the match and the best to help the team”, said the defender.
The next match is at the Riazor, where Deportivo await and urgently need the points to get themselves off of the bottom of the table. Pepe highlighted what in his opinion is the Galician side’s strong point: “Riki scored a goal against us here but I think their strength is the bond between the players and the Deportivo fans, which is very strong. That is why they will be very motivated to beat Real Madrid”.
Finally, the Real Madrid defender, whose full name is Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira, explained the origin his sporting nickname that everyone knows him by: “My name in Brazil is quite difficult to pronounce. My coach and my father and called me Pepe because it was easier. And that how it has stayed; Pepe”
Soooooo….I’ve got a bit of a bee in my bonnet over something that happened. I debated whether or not to address it here because it pissed me off so mightily. I’m exhausted by all the bullshit swirling around the Internet – it’s frustrating and counterproductive. But you know me, I can’t rest until I’ve said my piece so here’s just a little rant.
As most of you know, Sergio was on El Hormiguero yesterday (video here) Some supposed “Big Name Fans” (BNFs) on Twitter took it upon themselves to be deeply offended by some of his comments. They felt that he was being disrespectful and disloyal because he joked about fucking up his penalty in the Champions League. OMG, was he supposed to break down in huge, gulping sobs? Whip out the cat o’ nine tails and beat himself? Don sack cloth and ashes (in a neon color with popped collar of course)? He was on a comedy show. They were going to have a go at him about it, undoubtedly. He showed himself to have a good sense of humor and by being able to joke about it, he also showed that he could take responsibility for his mistake, acknowledge it and move the fuck on, which apparently some BNFs cannot do. He talked about how upset he was but these BNFs seem to be conveniently ignoring that part. It’s pretty clear that he was devastated by it and he has analyzed it to death in his brain. Cut him some fucking slack. He was also asked if he liked it when Barca lost and if he sent them ‘cheer up’ messages. He made the following comment (translation courtesy of Unamadridista): “Hombre, I always say, when a Spanish team is playing a foreign team, I always want the Spanish team to win, whether it’s Barcelona or any other Spanish team.“ OMG! HE HAD THE AUDACITY TO ADMIT HE SOMETIMES SUPPORTS BARCA IF THEY ARE PLAYING A FOREIGN TEAM! ::rolls eyes:: As you can imagine, to some of these BNFs, this is the equivalent of treason and they want him shot at dawn. To which I say, GROW THE FUCK UP. These people need to stop the witch hunts. With all the issues our team has having, I can’t believe this is the crap that they focus on. It happened during “Sadgate” and the “HOLY CRAP, IKER IS BENCHED!” saga as well. The shitty part is that these people have lots of followers who actually believe this tripe because I guess they think these BNFs have some inside track on the team. In most cases they don’t. They’re just fans with Twitter/Facebook accounts and blogs, like most of us are. It’s just their opinion (which they are more than welcome to express, just as I’m going to share my disgust with their bullshit). How’s about supporting the team instead of getting everyone riled up? Oh, but I guess that wouldn’t get them attention and lots of followers. Shit stirring pays off. A lot of their hate and aggression seems to be directed towards Sergio and Iker (one BNF wanted the latter to step down as captain because he didn’t publicly comment on Cristiano’s sadness. BNF felt he was no longer had the integrity to lead our team because of this. WTF?!) Some are Mou haters and they have a litany of complaints. All three have taken their turn as scapegoats with the BNFs. Some of these peeps are getting as bad as the Spanish media with their hysteria and finger pointing. Let me break it down for y’all, as I am a realist: Teams are not going to win every match. Even great teams can have shit seasons. One person cannot ruin an entire institution. No matter what team you support, they’ll break your heart 100 ways – it’s the nature of the beast. If you can’t bear that, take up needlepoint. It’s gotta be less stressful (but maybe there’s some intense opinionated needlepoint fandom out there? I dunno). It’s okay to be critical of a team’s performance or a player, but god almighty, stopping creating drama where there is none. Remove your tin hat, unclutch your pearls, untwist those knickers. Contrary to popular belief, this is not life or death. It’s a game, a beautiful one admittedly, but nonetheless a game played by real, fallible human beings. Sometimes they will disappoint us, sometimes they will bring us to tears with their magic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some starry eyed idealist who thinks the team is perfect. But I’m happy to have them and I’ll take them with all their faults. I don’t always agree with choices that are made, but I’m old and experienced enough to know that I have no fucking clue of the real particulars of these situations so it’s not for me to judge. Oh, I hear gossip, but it’s not fact, no matter what these BNFs try to sell you – it’s just someone’s opinion. Anyone who does have the goods is certainly not going to be telling it to some kid who is going to share it on Twitter to their bazillion followers. Trust me on that one. They wouldn’t have their job for long. So basically what I’m saying is take everything with a grain of salt. Go back to the source material (or someone’s translation that you trust) and make up your mind for yourself. Here’s Unamadridista’s translation of Sergio’s appearance on El Hormiguero – I trust her. What do you think? Made up controversy or are the BNFs are spot on with their criticism? Listen, one last thing: life is very rarely black or white – there are tons of shades of gray. No matter what we think about the situation or how well we think we know these players (we don’t, we really really don’t), we are not privy to the details. We are not living their day to day lives. We do not know what it’s like to be in their shoes.
Question what you’re being told. Think for yourselves. Don’t be so quick to judge. View everything with a critical eye. Weigh all possible options and scenarios. Continue loving and believing in your team – don’t let anyone talk you out of that. Hala Madrid!