Squad List for Zaragoza/ Mou Interview

27 Aug

The team practiced today behind closed doors and Mou followed up with an interview. He discussed Sahin’s new injury (!) and the situation with Lass, Drenthe, Gago and Pedro Leon. More on that shortly – here’s the squad list for the match.

Real Madrid Squad List:

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adan, Tomas Mejias
Defenders: Carvalho, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Arbeloa, Albiol, Marcelo, Varane
Midfielders: Kaka, Özil, Xabi, Callejon, Di Maria, Mandi
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain

Still injured: Altintop, Sahin & Khedira

Zaragoza Squad List:

Goalkeepers: Leo Franco, Roberto
Defenders: Juarez, Paredes, Lanzaro, F. Meira, Da Silva, Abraham, Oriol
Midfielders: Pinter, Ponzio, Barrera, Lafita, Zuculini, Joel, Kevin
Forwards: Uche, Orti

Mourinho: “We will be a better team this year”
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell

Jose Mourinho talked to the media the day before the first league match against Zaragoza.

“The first league match is always complicated and special. There are often surprises at the start of championships and things are even more difficult when you play away from home. There are sides who benefitted from playing European matches during the strike that’s just ended. This is what I believe and I’ve told my players so in order for them to concentrate.”

“Zaragoza are a difficult team to face. Their coach is one of my favourites, both personally and professionally. They defend well and pull off fast counterattacks. I like their stadium because it has a great atmosphere.”

“We will play three away games and one at home at the start of the league. It will be difficult for us because we’ll face complicated opponents who are strong at their stadiums. I think the draw of the championship has suffered a radical change, but we’ll have to play 38 games and they’ll be equally decisive. That’s how we should regard them.”

“I feel my team is playing better than it did at this stage last year. This is important in its evolution. We’ll see what results we end because they depend on many factors. We’ll have to go slowly. We played ten games in the preseason. We did very well in eight of them, the match in Philadelphia was so-so, and our performance against Galatasaray was bad. I think we played much better this preseason than we did in last year’s. I’m sure we’ll be a better team this year.”

“Coentrao will play with Alonso in midfield. He can play in practically any position. I prefer him down the wings, but he’ll have to play in midfield for the time being because we have no one else. His way of thinking is good for the club. Ozil will also be a starter, but that’s nothing new. Kaka is one of my men and he’s been working well since day one. He hasn’t missed a single training session. He’s played few official games, but he played a lot in our other matches this summer. He is a good option for me to have. He will be on the bench tomorrow. I’m happy to have a player like him by my side.”

“Sahin is suffering from a new injury. It isn’t a relapse. He’s not ready to play. I don’t want to be more specific, that’s up to the medical staff, but I nevertheless didn’t expect him to be ready for this game.”

“We must respect the contracts of the players we don’t count on. Lass decided not to be part of the team. On the other hand, it was the coach’s decision not to count on Gago, Drenthe and Pedro Leon. If Lass doesn’t reach a solution he’ll have to rejoin the team and will be an option for me because I never wanted him to leave. The rest don’t enter my plans, but it wouldn’t be a problem for me to have them around.”

4 Responses to “Squad List for Zaragoza/ Mou Interview”

  1. maddy August 27, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I’m beginning to fear sahin will end up like kaka. This is the 2nd new injury he’s picked up without playing a single minute.

    What kind of freak coaching decision leaves a player granero out of a squad?

    Lass- what the hell

    Özil better wreak havoc tomorrow. I’m worried he’s already worn out from preseason.

    Fabio – just fabulous-o

    • Jenny August 27, 2011 at 11:36 am #

      Never fear – I’ve never seen Mesut so energetic! He even has energy for a post-match-fracas if necessary 😉

      And for a player who appeared in more league games than Iker Casillas last year, and regularly runs 11km+ in the 80 minutes he averages on the pitch, that is quite a comment!

      Sahin will be fine. Mesut had zero pre-season last year and didn’t start the first game. If he’s class, it’ll show. And he’s class.

      It’s Lass I’m worried about. I really, really don’t want him to leave.

  2. maddy August 27, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    sahin definitely is awesome. but all these back to back injuries for someone so young 😦 when will he ever be fit to play again.

    I like Lass too, but he needs to figure out what he wants. If i were him, i’d leave. He hardly ever gets playing time. And now we have a surplus in that position. Alonso, khedira, sahin, coentrao, granero. I prefer all of them over lass.

    coentrao’s first la liga game will be against a former club. poetic

    • Jenny August 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      I don’t get the impression he’s seriously injured, I get the impression Mourinho is happy to take absolutely no risks with his knee.

      That’s why he trains at full strength but hasn’t started yet. Mourinho stating “the fans will love this kid” is pretty high praise from him (although he praised Mesut and Angel, it was never in terms like that as early as September) so he’s definitely on the cards!

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