Come In From The Rain* & Essien Interview

28 Sep

Sorry for the late night update – hectic day at work and then I had a lovely dinner with watishista Mandi who recently moved to NYC. I told her I was going to blame her for the lateness. 😉 (So nice of me, right?)

Anyhow, it’s raining gatos y perros in Madrid. (Watishista blackwidow is there right now and she said it’s really crap weather) The poor boys had to practice anyway. Bah humbug!

Mou, if these boys catch cold, I’m going to be severely pissed at you! Couldn’t they have worked out inside? I’m surprised that RM doesn’t have some sort of inside training facility (They must do! I can’t imagine they don’t).

Michael Essien had a little interview with Bwin and there was a translation on the Real Madrid website. He seems like a very sweet, happy guy, doesn’t he?


Essien: “Against Depor, we hope to extend our winning streak

“I am really looking forward to having a great season and to defending our League title,” added the Real Madrid midfielder

Michael Essien is having an intense first month as a Real Madrid player, and he’s not hiding how happy he is to be defending the white shirt and to be under José Mourinho’s command. “I am really looking forward to having a great season and to defending our title as League Champions.” This Sunday they host Deportivo de la Coruña in Santiago Bernabéu stadium, and this Ghanaian is only thinking about scoring three points before his fans. “We have won two matches in a row and we hope to extend our winning streak,” he stated in an interview with the website Bwin.

The new Madrid reinforcement has already been able to see why this club is different from the rest: “We are talking about Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world. Any player would wish to be here.” Essien said about his best moment to date that “everyone is good… Coming to train and meet my teammates, joking with them. I enjoy each training session every day.”

The Ghanaian football player believes he can bring a lot to the team in order to attain the most successes possible. He defines himself as “a calm and quiet a player off the field—but on it, it’s another story. That’s where I play my game and enjoy my football. In time, everyone will know me.”

Another one of the reasons Essien has adapted so quickly is José Mourinho, with whom he has a close relationship: “I feel great. I call him dad. It feels great to be working with him again. He’s a coach who knows me really well. He brought me to Chelsea, so he knows my qualities and what I can contribute. I am really happy to be under his command again. He hopes to fight together for more titles for Real Madrid.”

Essien has been shown how competitive the Spanish League is. Deportivo de la Coruña will be a new test for Real Madrid. “It has been a tough start but sometimes you are in this situation. We have won two matches in a row and I hope that Sunday we can extend our winning streak to three. All the games are important and we need to win more, get more points to fight for the title.” The Ghanaian also spoke of the differences between the Spanish League and the Premier League: “The Spanish League is one of the most important and toughest Leagues in Europe. Many people speak of the Premier League as the best, but the Spanish League is more fun. You play more football and you score more goals. The fans enjoy it. I am really looking forward to having a great season and to defending our title.”

About his favorite in the Premier League, Essien confessed that it is “Chelsea. They have a good opportunity, but you never know what could happen in the Premier League. I would choose them for the title.” Lastly, he remarked that when he retires, he would like to work on social projects. “I’ll have more time to work in my Foundation and thus try to help children and those most in need in Ghana. That would be my greatest challenge when I quit football.”

Onto the next bits and bobs post and then off to bed. It’s been a very long day but it’s nice to get in a bit of footy news before I hit the hay.

*BTW, that’s the name of one of my fave songs from the 70s. Couldn’t resist using it as a title.

– Lozil

7 Responses to “Come In From The Rain* & Essien Interview”

  1. Lizzie September 29, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    What no wet t-shirt contest from the boys? also what product it’s Sergio using that his hair was still standing up?

    • M September 29, 2012 at 5:40 am #

      That’s exactly what I was thinking of. His hair looks like it will survive a hurricane and still stay in place. O_O

      • jellyace September 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

        Wonder if he uses the same product as the synchronized swimmers: Knox gelatin.

        • Lizzie September 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

          Maybe it’s the old school set n spray shellac,I remember people still in the 90s that would still use that, that hair wouldn’t move

  2. Phédre September 29, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Our boys all soaked and wet … I’m sorry but I can not feel sorry for them, I’m enjoying this too much! Imagining all that white becomming transparent!

  3. CinematiqueChic September 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    You know, I was not pleased about getting yet another midfielder, but I am really loving Michael Essien. He seems so happy to be at Madrid. Hmmm… I also feel like I made the exact same comment about Modric.

    Now about this rain, I selfishly enjoy seeing them all soaking wet. Also, I’m pretty sure it’s a myth that being in the rain makes you sick. And practically, it’s probably good training because it’s inevitable that they’ll have to play some matches in the rain. Might as well be prepared for it (plus, you know, transparent, sticky kits).

  4. Laurean September 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Our men on wet grounds= hotness. The Barca boys on a wet pitch = constant complaints! I guess Mou likes to get the men ready for all conditions?

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