Madrid Continues To Pick Up The Pieces, Karim Tells It To The Judge & More

26 Apr

Entrenamiento_Real_Madrid (4)The team had their last training before tomorrow’s derby with Atleti. Essien was back on the pitch, while Cris trained ran separately and left the pitch early. Arbeloa, Modric and Marcelo stayed inside. Cris has been ruled out for tomorrow after a thigh injury, but should be fine to play against Dortmund on Tuesday.


Aitor Karanka did the presser today and didn’t mince words – my favorite line:        “When we came here three years ago, we were not seeded in the Champions League. We are now in our third consecutive semi-final”. You tell ’em, Aitor!

Conferencia_de_prensa_de_Karanka (7)FROM REALMADRID.COM

Karanka: “The match against Atletico is of the utmost importance to us”

“The best way to go into Tuesday’s match at the Bernabeu is with a win at the Calderon. We must go out with the intention of winning and increasing the points difference between us”, added the Real Madrid coach

Aitor Karanka appeared for the media in the press room at Real Madrid’s Football City the day before the La Liga derby at the Vicente Calderon. The Whites’ assistant coach spoke about the match against Atletico: “The match against Atletico is of the utmost importance to us because we are playing against our city rivals and our main competition for second place. The best way to go into Tuesday’s match at the Bernabeu is with a win at the Calderon and to distance ourselves from this bad moment as soon as possible. The best motivation is winning the matches before and we have to go there with the intention of winning and distancing ourselves in terms of points. We have to be at 120% and play with the same intensity as them. It will difficult because they’re having an almost perfect year at home, because of their fans and the desire they have to beat us because it is a long time since they’ve done so”.

When asked about Cristiano Ronaldo, who went out onto the field today before leaving training, he said: “Before the match with Borussia Dortmund he had physical problems and will not be in the squad. He has not trained today. He has a muscular problem and can’t play but we believe he’ll be ready for Tuesday”. About the other absentees that the team will be without at the Calderon, he said: “Marcelo will not be there, who is longer term, nor Arbeloa, who did not finish training with the group. The 11 that we think are the best to win tomorrow will play. Diego Lopez was the best in Germany. That choice is clear and you will see the rest of the team tomorrow”.

In reference to the possibility that the Dortmund match has hurt the squad, he was blunt: “Real Madrid players know the level demanded and that everything changes every three days, for better or for worse. You have to be strong mentally and we are convinced that the team will give the level expected in the big matches that still lie ahead”.

When questioned about his team’s mistakes in Germany and whether it would be a failure not to play the final at Wembley, he said: “The dressing room and the coaching staff have already spoken about the match against Borussia Dortmund. We have studied the match, we have seen the mistakes and what needs to be corrected. We are only thinking about the match against Atletico. When we came here three years ago, we were not seeded in the Champions League. We are now in our third consecutive semi-final”.

Karanka also spoke about the incidents that occurred at the airport in Germany on Tuesday: “We always ask for the fans’ support in the Bernabeu and we cannot expect that after a losing a match like that, that they cheer for us. You can understand that and they have every right not to do so. The insults are for everyone and so we take them on the chin. You understand how the fans feel and that they are going home feeling frustrated. You have to respect them and understand them. We want to show that they are with the team on Tuesday”.

Finally, about whether the team went into the first leg of the Champions League semi-final excessively confident and the possibility of Monday’s training being open to the public, he was clear: “From the coaching staff’s point of view, it was given the same importance as all matches. We are just thinking about tomorrow’s match”.

The following players were called up for tomorrow’s match. As you can see, lots of folks are getting a rest…

Karim went to court this morning to deal with some paperwork in regards to his speeding charges. Just a word of advice: Karim, honey, if you’re trying to keep it low key, perhaps a white bedazzled hoodie is probably not the way to go. Just saying!
tumblr_mlv81hzRKp1qftb6ko1_500tumblr_mlv831MZif1qftb6ko1_5001366981742_827005_1367005273_noticia_grandeReal Madrid posted the next of the historic comebacks to get us motivated for Tuesday.

Real_Madrid_-_AnderlechtFROM REALMADRID.COM

Historic comebacks (II): Real Madrid 6-1 Anderlecht

The Whites eliminated the Belgians in the last-sixteen of the 1984/85 UEFA Cup with a hat-trick from Butragueño, two goals from Valdano and one by Sanchís in the second-leg in the Bernabéu

The Santiago Bernabéu saw another historic comeback against Anderlecht in the last-sixteen of the 1984/85 UEFA Cup. The Whites, who had to overcome the 3-0 deficit they brought back from Belgium, managed it with ease. They won 6-1 on a memorable night for Emilio Butragueño, scorer of three of Madrid’s goals.

Anderlecht-Real Madrid. Last-sixteen of the UEFA Cup (1984/1985)
Real Madrid were surprised in the first-leg match which took place at Anderlecht’s ground on 28 November 1984. Anderlecht won 3-0 with a fine second half, thanks to goals by Vanderbergh (66’), Czeniantinsky (67’) and a Vercauteren penalty (88’).

Real_Madrid_-_Anderlecht (1)Team sheets:
3- Anderlecht: Munaron, Grun, Olsen, Peruzovic, De Groote, Arnesen (Frimann, 58′), Scifo, Hofkens (De Greef, 78′), Vercauteren, Vandenbergh, Czerniatynski.

0- Real Madrid: Miguel Angel, Chendo, Fraile, Stielike, Camacho, Sanchís, Michel, Gallego, Martín Vázquez (San José, 46′), Santillana, Valdano (Butragueño, 75′).

1-0 (min. 66): Vandenbergh.
2-0 (min. 67): Czerniatynski.
3-0 (min. 88): Vercauteren (p.)

The return leg took place on 12 December 1984. The Santiago Bernabéu stadium bore witness to another night of European magic. Real Madrid crushed Anderlecht 6-1 with a hat-trick from Emilio Butragueño to save the tie and head into the quarter finals. The Whites scored four goals in the first half (Sanchís, Butragueño and two from Valdano), but a goal from the visitors’ Frimann kept the Belgians in the tie. However, Real Madrid showed their superiority and two goals from el Buitre finished the match off.

Real_Madrid_-_Anderlecht (2)Team sheets:
6- Real Madrid: Miguel Angel, San José, Camacho, Stielike, Sanchís, Michel (Salguero, 55′), Gallego, Lozano (Martín Vázquez, 71′), Butragueño, Santillana, Valdano.

1- Anderlecht: Munaron, Vercauteren, Grun, Peruzovic, De Groote (Gudjohnsen, 53′), Frimann, Scifo, M. Olsen, Hofkens (Andersen, 83′), Czerniatynski, Arnesen.

1-0 (min. 2): Sanchís.
2-0 (min. 16): Butragueño.
3-0 (min. 30): Valdano.
3-1 (min. 34): Frimann.
4-1 (min. 38): Valdano.
5-1 (min. 47): Butragueño.
6-1 (min. 89): Butragueño.

The team is off in concentracion now. How adorable is Varane with the little smile?

Ah, I love this team. That said, I wish it was next Thursday so the match would be over and I’d have recovered from whatever outcome/hangover that’s in the offing. (Additional training and Karim photos via GFSports)

– Lozil

11 Responses to “Madrid Continues To Pick Up The Pieces, Karim Tells It To The Judge & More”

  1. GinaM April 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Thanks for this post Lozil it gave me a good uplift since Tuesday!!!!
    Btw what happened in Germany with the fans? I didn’t hear about that…

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  2. Mehreh April 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    jeans? in court? karim. c’mon. although this is a man who doesn’t own furniture, so common sense doesn’t feel natural to him.

    i’d feel a lot better if EVERYONE could rest tomorrow and be fresh for tuesday, but that’s why they’re pros and i’m just a girl with an internet connection.

    i wish i could buy everyone here a shot of whiskey (or their preferred libation/non alcoholic libation) so we can all chant “RE-MON-TA-DA” and then cheer and group hug. let’s do this!

  3. Natalie April 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I hope the boys can prove me wrong as I am sceptical they can do a miraculous comeback on the return leg in champions league. It is a good achievement to be in semi-finals 3 years in a row. Maybe it is the new hurdle, like round of 16 was before, who knows?!

  4. MissLadya April 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    1. A wild beardless Khedira appears!
    2. Only Benzema would go through that effort to look so fabulous yet shady at the same time.
    3. Still concerning Benz: speeding?? Okay then, so we can just assume the icky underage prostitution charges have been dropped? Because apparently everyone, including the law, thinks that’s SO last year, and yet no official statement has been made on whether or not the case has been settled.
    4. Them Germans will be the end of me. Why they lose when am dying for them to win (WC 2010, Euro 2012), and win when I’m begging them to lose? BE CONSISTENT!! The only thing stopping me from hating them for kicking Real’s ass (other than the fact that I’m hopelessly enamored with die Mannschaft) is the hope that this explosion of bad-ass-itude will carry over into next year and that they’ll tear up WC 2014.

  5. consuela April 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    I agree Karim needs a new disguise, but please pull up your pants! You are an adult now!

    • Allison April 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      That’s the thing I thought too! “Pull up your pants!!” 😀

  6. Lizzie April 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I guess Karim didn’t get the memo about dressing appropriate to show the judge he takes this matter seriously? Lol I mean a blinged out hoodie, come Karim like your apartment take the minimal approach….well at least Sergio didn’t pick out his outfit lol

  7. realmadridlookbook April 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    The Karim pictures made my day! I hope he at least took the hood off once he got inside. lol.

  8. your- the -ozi- to-my- khedira April 27, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    Everyones like “yeah maybe Madrid can come back” , but no is saying stuff like that for Barca , its sortof like the cules have given up hope they team can come back , why is that ? I fully believe both the Spainards are going to make a come back .

    • Jenny April 27, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Madrid got the away goal.

      If Bayern score once, Barca have to score SIX TIMES.

      Madrid only have to win 3-0.

  9. Jenny April 27, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    So he was sentenced before?

    I can’t believe he escaped jail,I have to be honest.

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