Updated: Friday Training, Presser, Call Ups, Concentracion & More

3 May

Entrenamiento_Real_Madrid (5)The boys had their final training session before meeting Valladolid tomorrow. Sese, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Pipita and Benz trained indoors. Sergio had finished Tuesday’s match with an injury, so he’s sitting tomorrow out. He’s expected to be fine for the Copa Del Rey final on May 17th. 

Wow, the training shots are a bit same-y today, aren’t they. Reminds me of the photog who used to take the game day warm up shots from weird, drunken angles.  Anyhow, here’s some video of the boys in motion.

Mou did his presser, speaking (as) candidly (as possible) about his future, the Spanish press and his affection for all the clubs he’s worked with including Madrid.


Mourinho: “We want to finish with the maximum number of points and remain unbeaten at home”

“Valladolid is a team that plays well, with a manager I rate highly and who has clear ideas and I think this could be a difficult match”, said the Real boss

Mourinho (10)Real Madrid faces Valladolid at the Bernabeu stadium for the upcoming 34th La Liga matchday and Jose Mourinho gave a pre-match press conference in the run-up to the match: “From the moment we realised that we weren’t going to be able to win La Liga we said that, even though the first three spots guarantee a place in the Champions League, second place isn’t the same as third. We’ve been fighting to keep second place. We were 10 points behind Atletico and now that we’re at six we don’t want to lose this spot and want to get as many points as possible We want to continue without losing a home game this season and we’re playing against a team that in the best possible situation. They’re calm, they’ve accomplished their goals, they don’t feel pressured and they can come to the Bernabeu to try and win the match”.

Mourinho (1)When asked about his future with the Whites, Mourinho responded: “I can’t confirm anything. I can confirm that I have five Liga games and a Copa final to play and after that’s done I’ll sit down with the president and with Jose Angel and we’ll talk about my future. Like I said, we’ll sit down and have a quiet talk not just as president and coach but as the friends that we are. I haven’t decided on whether I’ll stay or not. My wife and my kids will know first. I have a great family that has always supported me when it comes time to decide what’s best for me and they’ve always made sacrifices for my wants and changes. It was hard to leave Inter and Chelsea and I’m still looking to them to advise me on what it is they want. That’s why when I make my decision they’ll be the first to know and then the president and Jose Angel”.

MourinhoAbout the rumours in the press about changes in a number of different clubs, Mourinho said: “I think it happens to almost everyone in football. You look at Paris; Carlo is leaving and I don’t know who will replace him. You look at Bayern, they’ve broken records and their coach is leaving and Guardiola is in. You look at City and Mancini is leaving and another is taking his place. You look at Chelsea and Benitez is out and I’m replacing him…there are many clubs that have big question marks. In some cases these are the changes that will happen, and in others they’re just speculation. As coaches we adapt to this. I still have the same honour and pleasure to work for this club as I did a month or two ago. I’m less happy because I lost a playoff two days ago, but with the same level of professionalism”.

Mourinho (2)“I don’t feel pressured at all; pressure isn’t an issue for me. My decisions have nothing to do with pressure, I’m the one that puts pressure on myself, I don’t accept it from elsewhere. Ours is a risky profession, even now that I have former players who have become coaches they all tell me the same thing, how easy it is to be a player and how hard it is to coach. How easy it is to disconnect as a player and how complicated it is to be a coach. Life changes completely”, said Mourinho about how he makes his different coaching decisions.

Mourinho (6)Regarding his possible exit from the club he was insistent: “It’s not worth talking about whether I’m going or staying. If I leave it won’t be to you all that I give my reasons as to why or why not. I’ve always left clubs on a good note, just like with Chelsea, that wasn’t as controversial as it seemed. Of all the clubs I’ve left there’s no record of any negative words on my part, quite the opposite. And that won’t change the day I leave here, whenever that is … the day you leave you won’t have interviews with me, my criticisms or my comments. Life is beautiful and life in football is fantastic and I love it. You have to enjoy to the fullest. You should always end stages in life and begin others with the best of relationships and the utmost respect for the clubs. I have great respect for all the clubs I’ve worked with and I am very grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me. I’ll have the same feeling the day I leave Madrid and I’ll wish them the best in their future. “

Mourinho (7)Mourinho was asked about the titles he has achieved with the club and replied: “I think that when my work is valued it’s valued in ways that are never absolute, always taking into consideration what I’ve achieved and so it’s my fault for winning so much that the expectations are always higher than what you receive, which is why I brought this piece of paper. The “Liga of records” is mine. You’re going to try to erase it but you won’t succeed. Another team will have to beat the record and we’ll see when that happens. Twenty years without winning a Copa del Rey, because it’s not easy. And we won a Copa 20 years later, which you also can’t erase. The Super Cup is small, but the three Champions League semi-finals, which personally didn’t boost my ego and left me unsatisfied, shouldn’t be easy and I’ll explain why: Toshack, Di Stefano, Antic, Beenhakker, Benito Floro, Arsenio Iglesias, Capello, Heynckes, Hiddink, Del Bosque, Queiroz, Camacho, Garcia Remon, Luxemburgo, Lopez Caro, Capello again, Juan de Ramos, Schuster and Pellegrini. Eighteen coaches in 21 years and give Champions League semi-finals. The terrible Mourinho got three Champions semi-finals in three years. Three with one coach and five in 21 years is because it isn’t making it to the Champions League semifinals. But I repeat, it doesn’t boost my ego, I don’t coach “almost”, because almost is the same as nothing for me, but the “Liga of records” is mine”.

Mourinho (3)Real Madrid stumbled in the Champions playoff against Borussia Dortmund but Mourinho recognised: “I only want Madrid to win. Chelsea won without me and I was excited about them winning the Champions. When I work in a club I start to love the club. I don’t care who’s the trainer or the president. The day that I leave Madrid it will have a special place in my heart. I want Real to win the Décima. If it’s with me, perfect. If not, with someone else. I love this club, that’s the way it is. I’m happy when Chelsea wins. That’s how I am. When I leave a club I want it to do well. I don’t want it to do badly. Real winning the Décima will always make me happy”.

I think of this as his "King of the Trolls" face.

I think of this as his “King of the Trolls” face. Take that Spanish media!

Regarding possible differences with the press, Mourinho explained: “No, it’s been really good. Mistake? No mistake. I still think that the press not on the team plane or at the training facilities are right. That I don’t play your favourite children is right. I think my decisions have been the right ones. With the fans, perfect. Whistles because we lost a match, perfect. The fans rule and I also have to thank what was a fantastic stadium that could have acted differently after the first match. The fans rule. And for the players that like that everyone is treated the same and that they have a coach who decides with his head, there’s no problem with them. Problems exist when one believes that he’s above the rest. I’m calm and I don’t have any problems. In this regard I’m calm”.

Mourinho (9)When asked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s statement that he would be the one to decide his future in the club regardless of other factors, Mourinho replied: “I think it’s the right answer. He has to think about himself and his club. A club where he wasn’t happy for the first three months and then was happy later. I’ve always tried to instil this in my players. I’ve always continued to motivate people, from those with which I have a good relationship to those that were hurt because I didn’t. What’s important is the club and a player has to separate himself from the coach, president, the players…he has to be himself. I really like his answer. The player has to be absolutely committed to the club and he shouldn’t have to think about whether the club has this or that coach. And as I’ve said before, I think it’s great for both Cristiano and Real Madrid that the two continue working together and that’s what I hope to see, that he keeps his mind on Real Madrid 100%”.

Mourinho (3)When asked about the things he would change if could start over at Real, the coach said: “It’s a difficult and impossible mental challenge that leads to nothing. I have a great relationship with the president, with Jose Angel and with the board. And if there’s anything in point at which I could have been more forceful, more demanding, more determined was at the end of my first season. I would have brought Diego Lopez in at the end of the first season. I wanted to but I didn’t do enough to make it happen. I’ve wanted but did not do enough to bring. It’s a shame”.

Mourinho (5)To conclude, Mourinho talked about reasons Real is trailing so far behind Barcelona in La Liga: “We had a bad start in La Liga and we’ve paid for it and when I say that we lost our chance I say it figuratively. That’s not exactly it. I agree with you in that we should have fought longer or earlier for La Liga or we shouldn’t have been so behind so early. The 100-point record doesn’t see so easy to beat to me. Barcelona can hit 100 points this season and it they do it’s probably because it’s the best squad the world has seen in the last 20 or 30 years. Now that they’ve had a few negative and unexpected results you say they’re not as good. I still say that it’s source of pride to have broken their hegemony on a national level, because internationally it was Inter that did it. I repeat, it’s still a fantastic team. We were sad at the beginning of La Liga and when you have a tough rival that losses points and you give them the advantage it’s hard to beat them. And that’s what happened”.

Mourinho (4)Mou called up 20 players for the match against Valladolid.

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Diego Lopez and Jesus.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Coentrão, Carvalho and Nacho.
Midfielders: Khedira, Kaka, Özil, Xabi Alonso, Essien, Modric, Callejon and Di Maria.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain and Morata.

The boys are already off on concentracion. I really, really need to know why The Baby & Benz are starting to sport matching hair styles. I’m slightly concerned. After Karim’s last pelt ‘do, I don’t want the baby taking any fashion cues from him. If The Baby joins Team Bedazzler, I’ll just weep. Better to hang out with Xabi and learn the classics, young one. He won’t steer you wrong…

Concentraciýn (4)

And now, a couple of interesting bits & bobs…

Here’s a great story about Franck Ribery being a really nice guy (I know!) along with his Bayern teammates when security went after a pitch invader on Wednesday. Credit where credit is due – he was super cool with the fan.

Athletic Bilbao is doing making a sweet gesture for Mother Day’s. They’ll be wearing the last names of their mamis on their shirts. Awwwwww!

And finally, I’d just like to thank Fabian Schär of Basel for giving us a tantalizing glimpse at Nando’s nether regions. It’s more than likely the closest any of us will ever get, so let’s savor it. Fabian, I salute you and your commitment to serving the fangirls/boys of the world!          (Gif by seanmorrisons via GFSports)

UPDATED: For a closer look at Fernando’s moment, head on over here.

Happy weekend everyone!

– Lozil

28 Responses to “Updated: Friday Training, Presser, Call Ups, Concentracion & More”

  1. consuela May 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Don’t you hate it when the managers/coaches string you along about staying at a club/team (soccer v. college basketball)? It is one of the most frustrating thing. No wonder people (except those in Kentucky) quit following teams because of the coaches leaving after a couple years…

    And you should have done a slo mo on that pic of Nando.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      I didn’t make the gif of Nando, hence, I can’t control the speed. Slow motion would be nice though!

    • CinematiqueChic May 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      I was very annoyed with Mou’s comments after the semi final. It seemed like he was pretty much admitting he wanted to go, right after this painful loss and I thought it was poor timing and not well thought out on his part. But the more I think about it, the more I feel like it’s the media’s fault. They hound him with questions he’s already answered or made it clear he doesn’t want to answer. Would “no comment” really be a better response? It would fuel just as much speculation. And if he’s truly unsure about his future at the club then I don’t want him to insist he’s staying just to make us feel better, and he might think announcing his departure before the end of the season would destabilize things. Just not sure how he could better handle the speculation, since it seems the media are hell bent on making things difficult for him.

      • futbolfan May 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

        The media seriously criticize and make things difficult for Mou more than any other figure in the sport. They don’t give him enough credit either.

      • Tambourine May 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

        One way to handle the speculation better would be to stop stoking the fire. There was no reason for him to do the pre-match press conference on Friday, he hasn’t done one in ages but he did so anyway, to keep the press in a froth and to get in some digs at Casillas and Cristiano. He’s doing everything he can to keep everyone talking. He was asked about his future at the post-match press conference on Tuesday because *he* brought up in the post-match scrum that he wants to be where he’s loved. After the loss in Dortmund he wanted to talk about how his players was to blame, because as always none of the blame was his, oh no, but after they win in Madrid and bring pride to the club, all he wants to talk about is him. I’ve often thought that the Spanish press was way out of bounds in their hounding of Mou, but this time around, it’s all on him. AS got it right on Wed., Mourinho and his navel – that’s all he cares about.

        • headbandsandheartbreak May 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

          Um, so I guess you don’t like Mou, then? 😉

          • Tambourine May 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

            I think he’s very charming when he’s happy and very petty when he’s not. And a great coach, but not a great coach for Real Madrid. So my earnest answer is ‘sort of?’ But he’s fed of his volatile relationship with the press since his days in Porto, it’s a large part of what has made him his name, so when it backfires on him, I don’t see why he should be held blameless, if he wants all the credit when it works out. His justification for the circus, the drama, the eyepokes, the hypocrisy, the power struggles and all the rest has always been that he wins – but when he’s not winning there’s no justification left. And I never thought it was enough to justify his behaviour in the first place. But when he’s far away from Real Madrid I’m sure I’ll enjoy his antics once again.

            • mygypsyspirit May 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

              So should I ignore the fact that Mourinho brought our first silverware in four years? That he has brought us back to the semi-finals?
              The media doesn’t ask him questions about the team, they ask him questions about himself. You can only dodge the questions so much (and he’s dodged a lot of them, by the way).
              Ronaldo has improved. Mourinho brought in Ozil, Khedira, Di Maria, and Coentrao. He convinced Higuain to stay. Benzema improved.
              Look, I have my questionable moments. I wonder why he’s chosen a certain lineup, or why he’s said certain things. But the man is human. And he makes bad choices sometimes. But the man wins. At a club like Real Madrid, winning is what matters because losing is unacceptable.
              You can hate on Mou if you like. But I’m still waiting for someone to come up with a worthy replacement. We all know that Del Bosque would not come back…

  2. Mehreh May 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    is that… wait, is that? what? nando! you naughty boy.

    • SR 4 May 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      It really looks like he wears nothing underneath, doesn´t it?

      I had my suspensions for a while that some Chelsea players don´t wear underwear on the pitch.

      • SR 4 May 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

        * I was suspicious

      • Mehreh May 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

        and it looks like he’s completely manscaped, which isn’t a huge surprise. although, is that a trail of thought i really want to go down? yes, yes i do. *dreamy sigh*

        • SR 4 May 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

          It totally does. Yeah it´s not really surprising and it makes you wonder about other footballers too..
          Hehe I can´t believe we are having this converstation. Thank you Schär!

        • drea May 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

          Yup, I think he’s totally manscaped. Unless the carpet is much lighter than the drapes. 😉

          • jellyace May 5, 2013 at 3:09 am #

            He’s totally ginger!

            A guy told me the reason he manscapes: it makes it look bigger.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

      Hey blame Fabian, not Nando!

      • Mehreh May 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

        Naughty in the best possible way. He strikes me as very shy so seeing commando and manscaped? A treat!

  3. SR 4 May 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    The Baby is stil looking adorable but yeah he´s reaching dangerous territory.

    I saw that gif of Nando yesterday and couldn´t stop laughing and ogling for about 5 minutes. So glad you posted it here. I guess just like some of us Vincent Kompany and Schär wanted to undress him badly ;).

  4. your-the-ozi-to-my-khedira May 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    hahaha how can i ever repay Fabian for that … If only someone could do that to Sergio Ramos … Ah that would be bliss .

    • Dr. Heidi May 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Amen Sister, although I think the view may be much the same, but I’m willing to engage in serious research to form my hypothesis……

  5. Natalie May 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    i started at that giff yesterday sooooo long, but as long as it says here EMBRACE THE PERVERT IN YOU i think it is ok 😉

  6. Meli May 4, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Ohh Nando!!!

  7. Maripili May 4, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    We must get a hold of ourselves and stop staring at dear Nandos, no longer so private parts. Lets replace that image with one of him holding Nora’s doll at the 2012 Eurocopa, then maybe we can cool off a little!

    • SR 4 May 4, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      That so doesn´t help me! Just remember were he put her doll :D. I never wanted to be a doll before but in that moment I did. Damn so close to the most bootylicious tishie winner *sigh*-

      • SR 4 May 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

        I definetly need the option to edit *facepalm*

      • jellyace May 5, 2013 at 3:12 am #

        Comment win: “I never wanted to be a doll before but in that moment I did.”

  8. PMom_GA May 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    This is a bit OT, but it’s interesting to read, especially about the demands on all the big players for Spain.


  9. Dr. Heidi May 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Why can’t I stop calling him ‘nadso’ instead of ‘Nando’?

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