Alcoyano On The Horizon

26 Nov

Yeah, erm, moving on from Saturday’s clusterfuck (I am so glad I don’t have to recap that match – I’ve still got a hangover from the drinking that came as a result of it), the team trained behind closed doors today.

Mou, however, was large and in charge in the pre-Copa Del Rey presser. He was his ever sassy self.


Mourinho: “We have to win and play well against Alcoyano”
by Alberto Navarro

“We have to give an answer on the pitch to justify every penny that people pay for their tickets and for the fans leaving their homes in this cold”, said the Portuguese coach

José Mourinho appeared for the media in the press room at Real Madrid’s Football City the day before the second leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32 match that Real Madrid will play in the Bernabéu against Alcoyano. The Whites’ coach, who said that “the academy players Morata, Nacho, José Rodríguez and Denis have been picked for the match” analysed the match against the team from Alicante: “It was a very good result and it almost puts the team through to the next round, but we know that neither us nor the fans are happy, tomorrow it will not be enough if we lose by a goal or draw and still get through to the next round. We have to win and play well against Alcoyano. We have to play at our best and if we don’t get through it would be a total catastrophe, but we have an obligation to people to take the match with the seriousness that competition and Alcoyano deserve”.

The Whites’ coach also spoke about the fans that will be at the Bernabéu tomorrow: “Tickets will be more affordable and cost less than they normally do, but we have to justify every penny that the fans pay and justify them coming out of their houses in the cold at 21:30 to see a Second Division B team. We have to give these people what they will demand and they will whistle with every right to do so. The players that have been picked are those who have to take the responsibility. I ask people to have sensitivity and admiration towards the boys who are going to play. There will be four of them because of the competition’s rules does not allow any more. Morata, Rodríguez, Nacho and Denis will be playing. I ask them to show what they think they have to show and I will accept it calmly because when you lose it is normal that they will not to be happy”.

When asked about how he is and his situation with the club, the Portuguese was clear: “It’s a strange question. I am in perfect health and I am working as I have done for many years. About my relationship with the club, I do not understand the question; it is as it usually is. With the players it is as always a relationship that depends on satisfaction with results and the happiness from that. When you win, things are better than when you lose. This is not a trial, it is a press conference prior to a Copa del Rey match. I knew what your reaction would be today and that is why I am here and not Karanka. When press conferences are comfortable he comes and when they are going to be tough, like after Saturday’s match, I come”.

On the personal relationship which he has at Real Madrid, Mourinho was blunt: “The club is the club and is in charge and I’m just an employee trying to do their best. The club has to decide if it is happy with the path we’re on and we’ll get to the end of season calmly. It is possible that at the end of the season the club will not happy with my work and that things have to change. I’m here to give everything and it is a moment that is worth waiting for the end of the season to assess calmly and after seeing all of the results over the season. I have a very, very good personal relationship with the people. I have said many times that I have a very good relationship with the president, with José Ángel and other closer members of the board of directors. Our relationship is excellent. If there are differences on a professional level then that is life, but most important for me and I have take pleasure in saying this, is that even at Chelsea, where I left mid-season, I had and I have had an excellent relationship. At the end of the season we’ll sit and we assess the situation. With people who want everything it is much easier”.

Referring to the commitment and dedication of his players, the Portuguese said: “I think the match against Betis is incomparable with the other match in Seville. I prefer to wait until the end of the season to make that assessment. I do not want to do match by match ratings now and say that against City we worked well as a team and left everything on the pitch and did not do so well against Betis. I prefer to wait until the end of the season and that is when we will assess the job done by my team and by me. It is more serious and honest that way”.

When asked about Özil’s performance against Betis, he said: “I’d rather talk about the tomorrow’s match than over do it with Saturday’s. We talked about Saturday’s match in the press room in Seville and this should be all about tomorrow’s match. There are questions that you ask me that are individualised and questions related to a player, you’re asking me to do an analysis of a personal situation. I could answer with other questions. What did you think? What do you think about him against Betis? What do you think of his performance compared to other matches? I neither can nor want to say much more”.

The Real Madrid coach also evaluated the match against Betis: “We did not play well, but we scored a good goal and with plenty of time left to win”. When questioned about the higher number of fouls committed by Levante against Real Madrid compared with against Barcelona, he said: “Talk to the Levante coach and his players, not me”.

Finally, when asked why he has not started to make preparations for next season for the first team, Mourinho said: “If that is what you have said, what do you want me to say? It is said. I will not call you a liar and I’m not saying it’s true because I am 100% a professional. I neither want to be rude nor say that I am a poor professional because I won’t admit to it”.

My favorite picture from the presser comes from @leylahamed via @RealMadrid_Arg who took a screenshot of the moment when some obviously not well versed journalist asked Mou if Real Madrid would shorten the gap against Barcelona with tomorrow’s match. His face is priceless.

Mou is all ‘Bitch, please! Do not even attempt to ask me a question if you don’t know the difference between La Liga and the Copa Del Rey.” Oy.

Daddy called up 16 players for the match tomorrow. Here they are…

Goalkeepers: Adán and Jesús.
Defenders: Varane, Coentrão, Carvalho, Albiol and Nacho.
Midfielders: Özil, Modric, Callejón, Di María, José Rodríguez and Cheryshev.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Morata.

Xabi unveiled his Adidas Predator Lethal Zone boots today and spoke about the position that Real Madrid is in and Mou as a coach.


Alonso: “Mourinho is the best coach that we could have”
by Edu Bueno

“The club, the dressing room and the Real Madrid fans are with him. We have to keep believing in ourselves”, said the Real Madrid player at the unveiling of his new Adidas boots

At midday today Xabi Alonso unveiled his new Adidas Predator Lethal Zones boots in a ceremony at which he took time to talk about Real Madrid’s situation at this stage of the season. The Whites’ midfielder is confident in the team and believes it is too early to throw in the towel: “We are in November and there is a lot of the season left. Regardless of the results we have to keep working towards what we set out to achieve and keep believing in ourselves”. He also explained that Mourinho is the ideal person to win titles: “The club, the dressing room and the Real Madrid fans are with him. We have to keep believing in ourselves. He is the best coach that we could have”.

The player from San Sebastian, who played for the first time in his new boots against Manchester City in the last Champions League match, said it’s always difficult after a defeat: “Feelings are different and we know that in football things tend to do depend on the results at weekend. But regardless of the results we have to keep working towards what we set out to achieve and to focus on the Cup tomorrow and then on the derby, which will be very interesting. We believe in ourselves”.

Xabi Alonso also spoke specifically about the criticism: “From the inside we try to step back and focus. We are self-critical and reflective. Now we have to play and think and work towards the next matches. About last Saturday, we put ourselves under the pressure and responsibility that comes with playing for Real Madrid”. Furthermore, the man from Tolosa said the squad has faith in the coach because he is the best person to bring them lots of joys and lots of titles: “He is eager to do well. The club is with the coach, the dressing room is with the coach and the Real Madrid fans are as well. He is the best coach that we could have”.

About the match against Atletico Madrid on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabéu, the Real Madrid player said it would be tough considering the current form of the opponent: “I am becoming less surprised. It is no accident and it is no longer a surprise to see them where they are. They have great team and a very good mentality. The coach has everyone on top and if they are there that is because they deserve it”. Alonso plays down the importance of Atletico being above them in the table: “The statistics and history does not have much to do with the match. We know that anything can happen. We believe in ourselves and if we do things well we will have a great chance to win”.

The Real Madrid player, who turned 31 on Sunday, did not want to draw any conclusions because “we are in November and there are lots of months of the season left. We have to keep believing. It is not the best situation but football gives you lots of surprises and everything is possible”. Also that the team is still able to become champions: “Why not. Obviously we can win the league. There is a lot of the season to go. We will try to cut the lead as soon as possible and I am sure that we will be there at the end”.

Finally, he talked about his situation at Real Madrid and his contract renewal but he preferred to put in to one side and to focus on team: “We are in the middle of an intense season and everything comes along at its own pace. I am not worried right now”. The Whites’ player finished with a hope for his new boots: “Winning the tenth [Champions League title]. The Real Madrid fans long for it and hopefully we can get it”.

Congrats to Xabi and the other midfielders who made the shortlist for the he FIFA FIFPro World XI. The complete list of midfield candidates is: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Cesc Fábregas (FC Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Yaya Touré (Manchester City) and Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona).

– Lozil

14 Responses to “Alcoyano On The Horizon”

  1. number1barcachick November 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    congrats to the platers too and xabi you are still as gorgeous as ever 🙂 and that match now mind you i still support barca hundred percent wholeheartedly but i was angered watching that match and it didnt help that i was at a party sneaking it on my ipad with liqour to spare and secondly i have somethings to ask about guti 1) is he a natural blond and 2) how long were he was bibi together for 3) were the fans really that bad to him after he dated her

    • number1barcachick November 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      oh and xabi please shave with your fine self we miss those popping cheekbones and clean jaw line 🙂

  2. Bombay Talkies (@BombayTalkies) November 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I’ll be at the match tomorrow, my camera is shit but if I manage some halfway decent pics I’ll share them. For anyone who’s in the Madrid area, tickets are wicked cheap–5 Euro up to I think 20 (pitchside seats are only 5!), so grab some if you can!

    • headbandsandheartbreak November 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

      Argh. I wish I was there! We’ll look forward to hearing about the match.

    • MissLadya November 27, 2012 at 6:19 am #

      … How the frick can they be so cheap?!? Are ticket prices always that low in Spain? For Real matches? Because if that’s the case then I’m moving to Madrid! I had to fork over 95 euros for the Holland v Germany friendly here in Amsterdam a couple weeks back D:

      • headbandsandheartbreak November 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

        I think it’s cheap because it’s a Copa Del Rey match and the early stages to boot.

        • MissLadya November 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

          That, and most of the main players will be sitting this one out, apparently. Gotta say, it’s WEIRD seeing Ronaldo on the bench.

  3. Katie Ann November 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Mou’s answers delight me. He’s so sharp, I love it.

    Wishing I lived in Spain ’cause I’d be at the match tomorrow if I did!

  4. Tasha November 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Haha mou’s face is classic dammit I love this guy. I’m new on this blog. Been through ur archives n dayum u guys are hi larious. I literally thought I was the only girl madridista in the world thnk da heavens I found u guys. Hoping 4 a win HALA MADRID.

  5. black widow November 27, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    “I knew what your reaction would be today and that is why I am here and not Karanka. When press conferences are comfortable he comes and when they are going to be tough, like after Saturday’s match, I come.”

    one of the many reasons i respect mou — he’s accountable and faces the music.

    *sigh* i love my team no matter what, and i am trying so hard to remain optimistic because it’s still early and anything could happen … but i still cannot understand WTF HAPPENED this season. bad juju? the universe course-correcting for last season? it boggles the mind. 😦

    • Tasha November 27, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Yeah I know right its fustrating becoz we still hav the same players we did last season nothings changed besides marcelo injury but besides that nothing. It makes me really sad coz ppl hav always doubted our ability n these results r jst givin the naysayers more CRAP 2 write n say ’bout us. I jst wish the players n every1 can get they shit in order n be the Madrid I know. I’m freakin out here I feel like FloP is gonna fire mou n that’s the last thing we need. Now more than Eva HALA MADRID

  6. CinematiqueChic November 27, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Can’t watch the match tonight, which I’m bummed about because I’d love to get to more of our Castilla players. Here’s hoping for a munchkin Morata goal. Hala Madrid!

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