Friday Training, Morata/Pepe Interviews & BNFs, FTL

22 Feb
"Hey Shigs, Kaka was just telling us about his planned trip to Brooklyn!"

“Hey Shigs, Kaka was just telling us about the vacation he’s planning to Brooklyn!”

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! ❤The 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.

Entrenamiento (17)Entrenamiento (16)

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.

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Morata (3)FROM REALMADRID.COM

Morata: “Mourinho’s a manager who is close to his players and he treats the youngest members of the team very well”
by Alberto Navarro

“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

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Morata (5)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.”

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Morata (1)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.”

Rueda_de_prensa_de_MorataThe 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.”

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Morata (2)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”.

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Morata (4)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.”

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Morata (6)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 which was also posted on the mothership.


Pepe: “Cristiano is a very complete footballer and is the best in the world”

“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”.

Bwin_Pepe (1)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”.

Bwin_Pepe (2)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!

– Lozil

22 Responses to “Friday Training, Morata/Pepe Interviews & BNFs, FTL”

  1. mygypsyspirit February 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    First: So happy that Morata was chosen for the press conference. And HALA MADRID for tomorrow since I will be on the field myself at a coaching course.

    Second: (hand raised to the sky) AMEN SISTAH!
    You already know what I think about the entire situation and I agree with you completely. This rant was actually well deserved and you did very well. *mwah*

  2. Phédre February 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I just watched that show and I think Sese was completely adorable and funny in it. I couldn’t find one thing he said that was wrong or disrespectful. Some so called fans need to cool down … a lot!

    • headbandsandheartbreak February 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Some people are looking for any excuse to revile these three men – take your pick – they’ve all been the evil one depending on which BNF you’re talking to.

  3. CinematiqueChic February 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Do they really think Real Madrid is more important to them than it is to Iker or to Sergio? Or that they know more about what it means to be madridista than our captains or the rest of our players? I love this club with all my heart, but I’m not the one working for it every day and sweating and bleeding for it. And the Barcelona thing is so obnoxious. Sergio plays with those guys on the NT and is friends with some of them. Why shouldn’t he root for them against a foreign side? If more people took the attitude that you can be friends with someone despite supporting rival teams the world would be a nicer place.

  4. Mehreh February 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    sese has said more than once that the CDR incident and the CL penalty stuck with him and were tough to bear. he said in his book that after the trophy thing, mou pulled him aside and said they couldn’t take it away from him, even though he’d dropped it. to me, that shows that he was seriously, visibly beating himself up about it and mou took notice and comforted him (the mental picture of sergio pouting and mou telling him it’s okay, like a kind papa is more than i can handle at this time). gosh, what an awful group of jerks they are. we should thrash them in the social media at every opportunity.

    athletes at a top level are harder on themselves than any media outlet or “BNF” could be. i don’t think his comments on the show were in the least bit flippant or disrespectful. he did show he had a great sense of humor and that he’s moved past these mishaps. too bad, so sad, if others can’t.

  5. la-la February 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Im not sure who/what a BNF is or why anyone would take them anymore seriously than any other crazy posting their half baked theories on t’internet; as we all seem agreed that Ikers one and only beloved is essentially full of shit when it comes to RM why would we care about anyone else? Fuck them all..!

    On a happier note I very much enjoyed the interview with Pepe. The photos were particularly good, by the 3rd one he’s clearly not smiling with his eyes. I think youve probably got a 20 second window of opportunity to get his picture.After that you can FRO…

  6. Steph February 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I follow several BNFs and I can agree with you 99% on their comments. A lot of the comments were really unnecessary. In situations like this I’m thankful that I’m a Spanish speaker and can just watch the video myself and make up my mind.

    I found Sergio really adorable in this interview! I laughed out loud at some parts, he’s got a great sense of humor. (And his accent makes me melt, maybe because I’m Dominican and our accents are really similar? Heh.)

    The only thing that I found unnecessary (and again, the BNFs blew it up more than it needed to be) was the sly, random dig at Cristiano and Kaka when they were joking around about the Bayern penalties. “Some teammates of mine also missed then, other kinds of players missed, well-known players, but no one’s said much about them. But well, I just accept this in good spirits.” But one comment made in an hour-long comedy show is not really cause to burn him at the stake or anything…

    On a side note… I DID always wonder how “Kepler” became “Pepe”….

    • la-la February 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

      Re Pepe…me too! Still wondering what a bnf is tho.

      And wow, did sergio get a bit snarky about cr’s non penalty? if so then hmmmmnnn… For some reason whenever I read an interview with him I find myself thinking ‘beware of
      hubris’…i appreciate its heresy to say it here (of all places) but Im not sure sometimes that I like him that much…I get that he’s just 26 but Im not sure thats an excuse.

      ok, just kill me now!

      • headbandsandheartbreak February 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

        BNF = Big Name Fan – I spelled it out in the post. These are people who are fans of the club who for whatever reason have thousands of followers or sometimes tens of thousands. This gives them a platform to air their opinions. People seem to think that number of followers conveys some sort of authority. It doesn’t – just means you’re good at promoting yourself. Some BNFs are pretty awesome and really contribute to the fandom (Unamadridista would be a good example of that) but I’m talking about the cranks who seem to enjoy spreading rumors and dissent this season. They really aren’t adding anything positive – they’re just eroding faith in the team. Just my humble opinion though.

        • consuela March 31, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

          Usually the ones who complain the most and loudest, are just jealous and have a need to take it out on anyone to make them think better about themselves. I know that behavior. It is also like being an alcoholic – and I was a daughter of an alcoholic. Keep up the good work!

    • Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      To be honest I don’t think that’s so much of a dig at Cristiano or Kaká as its a dig at the media. So keep the snark coming Sese. We love you

  7. Anna February 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    “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).” Haha, oh Lozil! I was getting all riled up reading what you said people had been saying, but I had to laugh at that…
    I haven’t actually seen this video yet, kinda out of the loophole at the moment so this is the first I’ve heard of it, but I’m going to go and read Una’s translation now. To be honest, though, I don’t really need to watch that video to decide if Ramos is “loyal” or not, because I believe without a doubt that he is, and Iker too. Completely agree with you on most of this crazy criticism that has been going on this season, it’s just football. Bad seasons happen and it’s not because there’s some sort of conspiracy going on. Players like Sergio and Iker will always have my support, IMHO they haven’t done anything within my knowledge to disrespect our club, they give their all, and that’s all we can ask.

  8. Elisha Buckley (@elishasmells) February 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I love you Lozil! The BNFs are the worst, it’s disrespectful to the team they supposedly ‘love’.

    (although I am disgruntled at the lack of skin from Pipita. I’ve had a shitty day, the least he could do is flash some thighs my way!)

    • Steph February 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      I love where your thoughts are going!

  9. shiggers February 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I’m going to comment on that pic first, then go back and read the post. Thbt! Kaka isn’t allowed in Brooklyn. Marty Markowitz says Kaka’s passport isn’t valid. For those of you who don’t know Brooklyn, Marty does very important things like going to every parade and keeping bad things (Kaka) from happening to fabulous people (me). He’s like a super hero in a bad suit.

    (Sorry for totally lying about Marty, Marty’s people, but you have no idea what’s at stake.)

    • randomthoughts57 February 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      lol I love Marty Markowitz. the man is literally everywhere. showed up to elementary, junior, and high school graduations.

  10. shiggers February 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    And now, I’ll comment on the rest of the post: needlepoint? I don’t know if that’s supposed to be one word or two, but I’ll take footy any day of the week. Hala Madrid!

  11. justpitchy February 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    I’ve not followed any of this, but I just wanted to say I love your “realist” attitude! As much fun as it is to “study” and joke around about these players, this team, etc. I think you nailed it… When it comes down to it, we don’t know shit. And I’m fairly certain the BNFs don’t either.

  12. tashasila February 23, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    THANK GOD SOMEONE FINNALY SAID THAT ! I hate how these BFN’s are always making such a big trouble! They got the same news that we did but the just interpret there so much ! Damn I just hate that! Everytime I open my Facebook I’m about what I might see and read – because I’m a very emotional fan, when I get bad news my mood is always so bad and before big matches I’m not even able to eat noramlly because I think so much! And it all gets worse if you always read posts that are just so .. AH ! I don’t find the right english word! Just yesterday I had to read that Sergio only saw these penalties as a joke and isn’t serious about that all ! DAMN ! THEY DON’T KNOW A SINGLE THING ABOU THEM! Or do they want to tell me that they exactly know what’s on his mind ? That’s what I love about this page here ! I get the real information – not more, not less ! No fakeinformations just the pure reality ! Thanks a lot for that 🙂

    • tashasila February 23, 2013 at 7:08 am #

      Oh and the night after the penalty shootout I and my best friend we’re crying together and I that’s why I don’t get why these BFN’s are putting us down with their ‘information’ – damn when I read their comments on that I was just like -“What the – why the hell did you do this Sergio?!” Aaah people like these get me so angry !

  13. Pammie February 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    finally got to read your rant. Preeeeeeach! I love twitter for hanging out with other fans, but at the moment all the drama stirring is getting on my nerves. It’s hard to avoid, because even if you don’t follow the BNF (I unfollowed all Iker haters in a rage fit :P), their drivel gets discussed on my TL anyway.
    after my twitter rant, someone tweeted me “create problems. #bigclubproblems” and that’s basically the truth, I guess. xD

    The funny thing about Sergio saying he supports Barcelona internationally is, that if he said he supports all Spanish team but this one, then it’d be unclassy. Afaik, it’s the common thing to support all of your country’s teams in Europe, since even a title for Atleti brings Spanish football prestige. 😛 So basically this is the diplomatic answer and people made a big deal out of RM players going against this tradition after the butthurt semi finales against Barca in 2011. If he sat there fingers and toes crossed for Barca during the Milan match, who really wants to know? 😛


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