Merry Pre-Season Eve!

20 Jul

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Oh pre-season, how we’ve missed you! Peeps, are you ready?! Those tanned & toned legs sure look like they’re ready. I love this time of the season, when everyone’s all mushy, gushy, optimistic, energetic, and damn ready for some footy & a fresh new start. Breathe in the good, breathe out the bad, and visualize lots & lots of goals & trophies.

Before the boys got to work in their final training session, FloPeezy stopped by to get friendlayy with errrybody.

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Honestly, I don’t know what I feel worse about….the players that we’re losing this season or Benz’s hair sitch. Ok, ok, Benz is a very close second, because I will miss our shipped out bebes. 😦

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“Ze fuck is zat?”

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“Cris started it!”

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“Stop wiz ze highlights.”

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“…….”

 

Ancelotti called up 23 men for tomorrow’s friendly, they’ll be reporting bright & early and be on their way. Yay!

REAL MADRID SQUAD LIST
Goalkeepers: Diego Lopez, Jesus and Tomas Mejias.
Defenders: Pepe, Coentrão, Carvajal, Nacho, Mateos and Casado.
Midfielders: Khedira, Kaka, Özil, Modric, Di María, Isco, Illarra, Casemiro, Cheryshev and Quini.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain and Morata.

 

To complete the day’s pre-season preparations, Ancelotti spoke with the press and he began with a touching message to Tito Vilanova.

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From Realmadrid.com

Carlo Ancelotti began his press conference at Real Madrid Football City sending Tito Vilanova some words of support: “I’d like to send my colleague Tito a message of support and encouragement. It saddens me. He’s a fighter and will go on fighting. I’d like to let him know that he has the whole squad and the club behind him. We hope that everything turns out well.”

Carlo Ancelotti appeared before the media on the eve of the team’s opening pre-season fixture against Bournemouth. The Italian manager expressed his feelings about his first few training sessions: “It’s been a good week; we have worked hard and showed a serious and professional approach. The players have worked hard; they are a little tired but they are feeling good. It’s nice to begin the season with this mentality and atmosphere.”

The Whites have concluded their first week of training at the Real Madrid Football City and Ancelotti is satisfied with the condition of the squad: “We have a very professional and disciplined group of players. The group wants to be together after training. Everything is going well at the present time. I know full well that the first days of work are like the first days at school: everyone is focused and attentive. Things will change later, but the atmosphere is very good and the players have a very good relationship. The team have worked well, showing intensity. We have seven pre-season games and I don’t want to work the players too intensively as we don’t want to pick up any injuries.”

Real Madrid kick off in England against Bournemouth. “It’s the first game and a friendly and we have to be professional. We are not at our peak condition and all the players will get 45 minutes under their belts. It will be important to start well and play well“, said the Italian manager who was full of praise for the new signings: “They have adapted well; they are working hard; they don’t speak too much and that is a good thing. All the young players bring a lot of enthusiasm and motivation to the team.”

When asked about Cristiano Ronaldo and the renewal of his contract, he said: “Everyone knows that he is a superstar and a great player. The most important thing for the club is that a player of his quality shows the utmost professionalism. That is good, especially for the young players who can see a world-class player working with that attitude. I am not responsible for the renewal of his contract but it won’t be a problem.” And on Kaká, he stated: “He is a Real Madrid player and he has started well, just like the rest. He is very confident and looking forward to this season. Let’s see what happens; he knows that he has to perform better than last year.”

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The Italian continued to go through some of the names in the squad, especially Higuaín: “I have spoken to the player but it was a private conversation. He is currently a Real Madrid player and I am happy to have him here”. And in relation to Coentrão, he said: “I spoke to him and I can say the same as in the case of Higuaín. He is currently a Real Madrid player and I am happy to have him here. He is a quality left-back; there are many games this season and I think he is a useful player for the squad.”

When asked about which player has surprised him the most in the first few days of work, he said: “Someone I knew nothing about was Carvajal who is a very good right-back with a lot of intensity in his play and his work. I knew all the others very well and they have come as no surprise to me.”Furthermore, he made reference to the conversations he had with Sergio Ramos and Casillas when they visited the Real Madrid Football City: “They came to greet the team and meet the technical staff and I said to them that they are very professional for coming in a few days before. They are doing well; they have extra holidays and they are looking forward to starting after the game against PSG.”

“The best system is eleven players who attack when they are in possession of the ball and eleven who defend when they are not. We have to play offensively. We have players with a lot of quality and I think we need to organise a team which plays good attacking football“, explained Ancelotti about the style of play that he wants this season. The Italian was full of praise for Zidane: “He is highly motivated and is eager to learn in his new role. It’s a good thing for us because he has a great relationship with the players; they will listen to him a lot and he will help the team to get better.”

Regarding the attacking alternatives and the contribution of Morata, he said: “He is a quality young player. We have also got Jesé. I am happy with the squad; we have young players with quality and personality.” Finally, he wouldn’t be drawn on rumours of incoming players, and when questioned about Ibrahimovic, he said: “He is an amazing player and can play in any team in the world. He doesn’t play for Real Madrid and I can’t talk about that out of respect for those who are here, who are performing very well.” In the same regard, when asked about Bale, he said: “I am happy with the squad and I don’t want to talk about other players out of respect for those who are here.”

 

 

Pics via Realmadrid.com & GFSports.

I can’t wait for tomorrow! HALA MADRID!!!

-Maisougio

16 Responses to “Merry Pre-Season Eve!”

  1. Rosa July 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Where is Iker?

    • Mehreh July 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      The guys who played in the confed cup come back the 29th, I think? Marcelo has been posting cute workout pics on Instagram.

  2. Gillian Rosh July 21, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    I admit it: I’m a little too excited about Pepe growing out his hair.

    • la-la July 21, 2013 at 4:56 am #

      Ha! ME TOO!

  3. Maripili July 21, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    Ronaldo is looking mighty fine, those tanned legs….

  4. CinematiqueChic July 21, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    It’s so good to see out boys back together getting ready for a match. I have a wedding this afternoon so I have to miss it, but let’s hope this is a great start to the season! Hala Madrid!

  5. movietard July 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    It’s maybe just me but I like Don Carlo’s presser where he always talk about the team. I love Mourinho but sometimes during his presser he usually use I rather than We

    • drea July 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Ancelotti’s gotten much better with PR and the press than Mou. I think we can expect smooth sailing in that department from now on. 😉

      • la-la July 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

        It helps that they didn’t hate him from the off. I’m not bitter no sirree. It helps that my second team is Chelsea so he’s still my Mister. *sings Jocelyn Brown – somebody else’s guy*

        • drea July 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

          That’s true. And hey, my second team is Chelsea too! 😀

        • Tambourine July 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

          “It helps that they didn’t hate him from the off”

          It is simply not true that Mou was hated from the start. Mou was greeted like the second coming on his arrival and in his first season he was carried on the raised hands of the Madrid press, despite the Clasico fiaskos. The Spanish press’ relationship with Mou didn’t turn sour for real until early 2012, and if you think Mou didn’t have anything to do with the change in relationship, well, then you just wasn’t paying attention.

          • headbandsandheartbreak July 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

            I think the answer lies somewhere in between. There were some members of the press that did like Mou, definitely , but there were others who were critical of him right away, esp. since he was loath to play their games. Over time that number increased and he definitely had something to do with that, but he was also hounded by them. They were extremely aggressive with him and his family.

            • drea July 22, 2013 at 7:18 am #

              I remember all the hype, but even at its peak in the beginning, I remember Mou being called out as a mercenary and a few other things. The way I see it, it’s always been around 30-70 in the Spanish media’s love-hate ratio with Mou. It’s just that in the beginning, everyone was optimistic, and with pressure from the club, the press was behaved, so it might have felt like 70-30 going the other way. But the ones who really hated him, they hated him from the beginning.

            • Tambourine July 22, 2013 at 9:03 am #

              The Spanish sports oress are never going to be the picture of objective reporting, but if you compare the coverage of Mou’s first year with the coverage of Pellegrini and Capello’ year in charge, then he’s was given a much, much easier ride. Even in the last months of his tenure, Marca’s front pages did less to humiliate him than they did with Pellegrini. (If anyone has forgotten what Marca’s coverage of Pellegrini looked like, here’s a taste: http://www.latercera.com/multimedia/galeria/2011/03/683-28523-7-las-portadas-de-marca-en-contra-de-pellegrini.shtml)

              Of course there were journalists who were critical, that has been true everywhere he’s been, but that’s not the same as hateful and even the notorius Diego Torres was respectful, if critical, in his coverage. And honestly, Mou gave them plenty to be critical of. The main difference is that Mou was treated like a Galactico in everyway so the gossip press actually took an interest in him and his family, which bled over a bit to the sports press. In that way his situation was more like Beckham’s than a typical manager.

              I cannot agree that he was loath to play games with the press – he did nothing but, from his first press conference to his last. He was loath to give the press access to the players, medical reports and any source of information other than himself, but that’s something else.

              The Spanish press is never going to be the hero of any football story, but they’ve been made out to be the villian on the story of Mou’s time in Madrid to an extent that’s simply not supported by facts.

              • headbandsandheartbreak July 22, 2013 at 11:53 am #

                Oh, I didn’t say that I thought he didn’t play games, I just think he didn’t play *their* games. He’s the consummate game player. He needs to dictate what’s going on though. 😉

                I think the Spanish press in general tend to be total douchebags so then it just becomes a discussion of their relative level of douchebaggery depending on the coach/player/issue.

                But it’s a moot point. He’s gone now. I don’t see any reason to keep rehashing it. Don’t think anyone (on either side of the issue) is going to change their opinion on Mou or the Spanish press.

  6. la-la July 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Ooops sorry. Didn’t mean to start a bun fight there. I was kind of being facetious anyway and for the record I have Mou blindness. I literally don’t see or hear any of the bad stuff (joking again), but like Lozil said, time to move on now!

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