Arrival In Munich, Presser And Much More

16 Apr

Wow, Daddy looks a little stunned there, doesn’t he? I guess because he had to push through a big ol’ crowd and then give a press conference.

I guess this is the German EBB. Would that be Der böse Hase Bus?

The team was in good hands on the trip over. The pilot on the flight turned out to be a Madridista with family ties to the club going back many years.

The pilot’s (Francisco Javier Ortiz) grandparents worked for RM. His grandfather (who had the same name) the caretaker of the field of Ciudad Lineal, in Arturo Soria, which opened in 1923 and he played with the Plus Ultra, a subsidiary of Real Madrid for 27 years and continued to do so in the New Chamartín. His grandmother cleaned and maintained the team’s uniforms. His uncle Sebastian Ortiz worked with the club until the mid-1980s. Pretty cool,  eh?

Speaking of Madridista families, Xabi’s beautiful wife Nagore also went to Munich to cheer on her man.  She tweeted this photo from her hotel window saying “Hello! Munich is cloudy, but not as cold as I expected. Nice view from the room. Green …”

The presser with Mou and Sergio took place as well. Of course, as soon as I painstakingly compiled quotes off Twitter, frigging RM.com got around to translating it, so I’ll just do a picture dump and add the translations. Grrrrr!

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Mourinho: “This is our second consecutive semifinal and we have do a little more to reach the final this time around”
by Fernando Porrero & Diego Jabalquinto (Munich) / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell

Ramos: “We’ve reached the semis a second consecutive year with Mourinho and he makes us by perform at a higher level than in recent years”

Jose Mourinho and Sergio Ramos addressed the media ahead of Tuesday’s 20:45 CET match against Bayern Munchen at the Allianz Arena.

Mourinho:

“I haven’t made any changes at the club. I’ve just helped change, with the help of the players, the fact that Real Madrid hadn’t reached this far in the Champions League for many years, and this is our second consecutive semifinal and we’ve only lost one of our last 22 games in the competition. We have to take a step further to reach the final.”

“The greatest praise for a team is to say it plays like a true team, and that’s what I think of Bayern Munchen. I think they are a great side with some players who are more special than others, like on all other great teams. Bayern are an optimum side that grew with Van Gaal some time ago and that plays phenomenal football now with Heynckes. They have the right to believe they’ll reach the final.”

“I have no doubts regarding the lineup I’ll use tomorrow. I know who will play, who will be on the bench and who will watch the game from the stands. I’ve worked a lot on this match and I have no doubts. I usually like to be sure about the lineup before going to sleep the night before a match. I’ve already made my decision.”

“Webb is a solid referee with great experience in this sort of game. We just expect him to do a good job and to make the right decisions. Our players will help in everything they can, but sometimes dubious penalties are awarded and may cost a team a defeat.”

“I will not reveal anything regarding the lineup. I am well aware of who Kaka is and of his good performances in Champions League matches. It wouldn’t be intelligent on my part not to use a player with such virtues. I count on Lass this season and the next. He wasn’t called-up for the clash against Valencia and was free to do whatever he wanted. (If you’re wondering what he’s talking about with Lass, check out this article)

“Equalling the goal record in La Liga isn’t what’s most important to me, but it is a beautiful thing and it proves the team wants to give spectacle and win every game. Let’s hope this translates into winning a title this season.”

“The opinion of men of football is more important than mine. Hoeness, Beckenbauer and others believe they are favourites and that we will be weary of them. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

“Numbers from previous meetings between both sides say nothing to me. Bayern have the motivation of maybe playing the final at their stadium and we’re motivated to be in the semifinals a second straight year. I’m not worried about what happened between both teams in the past.”

“UEFA handle security very well and I’m sure they’ll have firefighters around to put out the hell we may experience in Munich. We should only focus on playing the game and Webb on officiating it. Bayern will play from the heart, but they also play good football. They have good players and the match, though tactical, will be good.”

Ramos:

“We’ve reached the semis a second consecutive year with Mourinho and he makes us perform at a higher level than in recent years.”

“Webb is very experienced in this sort of game. He brings back fond memories because he officiated the World Cup final Spain won. I’m delighted to have him officiate tomorrow’s match.”


“I’ve talked about the coach several times before. He is very experienced and we’re lucky to have him and learn from him on a daily basis. Many things have changed since he arrived, such as training methods and how we players perform. Numbers speak for themselves.”

“Bayern Munchen are free to do and say as they please. We are well aware of whom we’re about to face and we intend to reach the final. That’s our objective.”

“We at Real Madrid deal with talk about how we may fare in our games all tghe time. Experience shows us how to. The press says you are very good one day and then forgets about it the next. All opponents should be respected and we have to be aware of the crest we wear on our shirts. We’re only thinking about Bayern Munchen right now and we must ignore praise and criticism alike. We are relevant throughout the world and we know how much is at stake for us.”

I love the “WTF?” and “Bitch Plz!” looks he’s throwing in the next two shots. Mou seems to enjoy it as well.

And so it went. Here’s some additional training pictures that I found on Daylife.

A few other quick bits and bobs: Iker continued his posting spree on Facebook. He added this shot of him in 1988 (bebe Iker!), then him with Arbeloa and finally, lounging on his bed.

Sergio posted a picture of himself at the Allianz Arena and said he was ready for tomorrow.

Let’s hope so! Go get ’em, Blancos! We really need to do this! I’m rooting for Chelsea as well.

Saw this bit on Twitter and burst out laughing. Hard not to. Let’s hope Chelsea kicks some arse tomorrow (sorry, Bi-teamuals and cule watishistas!)

And just because: How can you not love Marcelo? This gif is beyond adorable and comes from Ozilek.

– Lozil

10 Responses to “Arrival In Munich, Presser And Much More”

  1. realfromwithin April 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    seems like all the wags decided to go show support
    http://instagr.am/p/JfzJ1fS33g/

  2. black widow April 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    iker. lying. in. bed. mmmm. 🙂

    hala madrid! show them how it’s done, boys!!

    • jellyace April 17, 2012 at 1:15 am #

      Iker, dear, I hope you can appreciate a clean sheet as much as we do!

  3. Allison April 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I’m just going to say this & accept the beat down that may follow: Sergio’s hair is getting too long. Just a little trim, Sese.

    • manie April 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      You’d think it would be a bit annoying to shower with as a pro footballer. It looks perfect everyday though, I guess I’d be loathe to give it up if I were him

  4. Izan April 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Marcello tease Mesut!!!

  5. manie April 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I know this is unpopular, but I like Lass and his versatility. I don’t like that he is a walking yellow card slash on the fringes of red-ville, but he has been impressive this season…even with the early subs out.

    Marcelo kills me every. single. time. Did you guys see the video of his remarks to the press after Sporting? Gah. Dead.

  6. M April 17, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    I hate Mou’s new grandpa look. From the every so sexy sliver fox that we was last season to the grizzly grandpa that he is now… what the hell happened to him?!!

    Thanks for the translation bb. Even if the mothership did it, it’s always appreciated a LOT!

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