Fear Of An Orange Planet And More

23 Jul
Entrenamiento_del_Real_Madrid (26)

Pipa ain’t havin’ it.

See? This is what is going to drive Pipita screaming directly into the arms of Napoli: excessively orange teammates.

I mean, just a hint of the the oompa loompa realness Mesut and Crispy are throwing out could do that to a man. Gentlemen, you’re going to look like alligators in a few years if you don’t lay off on the tanning. Sigh. They never listen to me.

Entrenamiento_del_Real_Madrid (14)The ‘Pipa to Napoli’ thing is coming very close to its conclusion, looks like only a last minute upping of the bid by Arsenal is going to change that.

The team got down to business getting ready for tomorrow’s match against Lyon. Xabi & The Baby joined in the first part, then went inside to continue their recovery exercises. Fabio stayed inside amidst growing speculation that he’s on his way out (BTW, apparently there has been a family issue with his father too, which accounts for some of his absences).

Carlo along with Flotsam & Jetsam (I think we would probably agree that watishista Mehreh’s nickname for Carlo’s eyebrows should stick, don’t you?) had 25 players to put through their paces including canteranos Cheryshev, Mejias, Casado, Mateos and Quini.

(Additional pictures via GFSports)

DLo did the presser today and you can bet the question of his future came up. (Me? I would have asked “Why does Zoe almost always wear a bonnet?” and “Now that Albiol is gone, are you taking over his tradition of neck beards, because…NO.


Diego Lopez: “Everything feels good and the signings are adapting well
Alberto Navarro

“We have a lot of difficult preseason matches and the one against Olympique Lyon is one of those”, said the Whites’ goalkeeper

Diego Lopez appeared for the media in the press room at Real Madrid’s Football City. The Whites’ goalkeeper spoke about his team’s great opening match against Bournemouth and also about the second preseason match, to be played against Olympique Lyon at the Gerland Stadium: “I’m very excited. There is a good feeling both inside and outside of the team and the signings are adapting well. The whole dressing room have their batteries fully charged and we all have to give our best. We have a lot of difficult matches now and the one against Olympique Lyon is one of those. There isn’t much time left until the start of the league and we have to work hard to be ready when the time comes”.

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_Lýpez (1)Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_LýpezThe Whites’ goalkeeper referred to his personal situation in the team: “I hope to keep going in the same direction as last year. I had a very good six months and I’m here to earn the coach’s trust and to work towards the team being the best it can be. We all want titles and to be at the top”. He had words of praise for Villiam Vecchi, the goalkeeping coach that is part of Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching staff: “I really enjoy working with him. He is very positive and I’ll learn a lot. He is a great guy and has a lot of experience”.

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_Lýpez (2) Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_Lýpez (6)When asked if he had thought about the possibility of leaving the club, he was blunt: “In January, when I arrived, I said that it was a dream for me to come back home to this club. I have never thought about leaving. I have confidence in my ability and about maintaining my level and improving. If there have been offers then it is up to Real Madrid to evaluate them, but my position has always been to stay. I knew what was coming and I’m ready for the pressure at this club. I live thinking about my training sessions, taking care of myself and being a professional. When you’re so into your work, you don’t even hear anything that is going on away from that”.

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_Lýpez (3) Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_Lýpez (5)Diego Lopez also spoke about two of his teammates: Higuain and Coentrao. He said the following about the Argentine: “He is the same as always. He’s a great player. He has scored lots of goals at this club and has been important. The things that happen between him and Real Madrid are between them”. About the Portuguese, who didn’t train with the club’s permission, he said: “He is also the same as ever and they are things that he has to sort out with the club and make his decision”.

When asked about Gerardo Martino, the new Barcelona coach, the Whites’ goalkeeper first had words of support for Tito Vilanova: “I want to send a message of support to Vilanova and tell him that we’re all with him. Barcelona have decided to sign a new coach who has done a great job with Paraguay and in his own country”.

Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_Lýpez (4)Rueda_de_prensa_de_Diego_Lýpez (7)Finally, referring to the possibility that Gareth Bale may come to the club, he said: “Any players that are not at Real Madrid are not needed. If he comes here, he would be a great signing, but those that are here are the ones that are working hard”.

I do love me some DLo. This is an extremely sucky situation. We’ve got a whole bunch of great ‘keepers now. Although Adan may well be off to Rayo Vallecano. The kid deserves some first team minutes, no doubt about it. It would be a pay cut, but at least he’d get to play while he’s in his prime. It’s gotta be frustrating.

I’d like to see us alternate DLo & Iker somehow. Not sure how that will be possible, but it would be nice if they both could get some time between the sticks.

Estadio_de_RiazorReal Madrid will help out cash strapped Deportivo de La Coruña by playing in the Teresa Herrera Trophy match. It’s reported that they will be paying their own transportation and lodging as well. A nice gesture and lord knows, we can afford it. Here’s the deets from RealMadrid.com:

Real Madrid will face Deportivo de La Coruña on 29 August at the Riazor in the 68th edition of the Teresa Herrera Trophy. This is the first time the Whites have taken part in this summer tournament in six years; after the host club, they have won this title more times than any other club on eight occasions.

The first time Real Madrid won the Teresa Herrera was in 1949, when they beat Racing de Paris 2-1. Four years later, taking part for the second time, they lifted the trophy again after thrashing Toulouse (8-1). In 1966, they won their third in the final against Deportivo de la Coruña (2-0). At the end of the 1970s, Real Madrid won on four other occasions, corresponding to the editions of 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1980. And they won their eighth Teresa Herrera in 1994.

Can’t remember if I posted this 2013 tour video. Everything is starting to blur. But just in case I didn’t…

And I guess it’s best just to rip the bandaid off our hearts quickly. Here’s Albiol at Napoli and Calleti jogging around their pitch. ::sniffle::

More later!

– Lozil

10 Responses to “Fear Of An Orange Planet And More”

  1. CinematiqueChic July 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    If Pipita must go, I hope he can join our other boys in Napoli. It hurts less if they’re all together.

    Ugh, the Iker/DLo situation is going to give me an ulcer. It seems like no matter what happens, half of the madridista nation is going to end up very upset, and I hate seeing people who are supposed to be fans being disrespectful about our keeper, whether it’s Iker or Lopez. Neither deserves the hate they got last season. I’m with you Lozil, hoping against hope that an alternating system could be worked out.

    • Katie Ann July 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Manchester United alternated its keepers for part of this past season, though David De Gea ultimately ended up getting more minutes. I thought it made them better, and it’s an indicator that it’s possible, but who knows… I don’t envy anyone having to make those choices, that’s for sure.

    • Rosa July 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      I agree with you. The way that RM treated Iker was irresponsible, unforgivable and shows the lack of character on Mou’s part. And then the same can be said for DLo because he was brought into RM when Iker was injured. Who is the better keeper? How old is Iker? I don’t think that age has to do with keepers and how they play.

      Oh and as to the orange brothers, again with all the money they have you would think they could afford the top line of tanning lotion. But I agree with Lozil, they are going to look like alligators. I see it in my own family. My youngest sister was the one who was and still is in the sun. She plays different sports or swims in the ocean. She has the worst complexion of the three of us. Then me, who was in the sun lots when I was a teen and 20’s. I ended up with skin cancer on my nose. And then there is my older sister who never went out in the sun and she has the best complexion of all three.

      • CinematiqueChic July 24, 2013 at 10:08 am #

        Diego did SUCH a good job, Mou could have easily made the case for sticking with him based on merit, but then the personal comments started coming out. But nobody wants to rehash the recent unpleasant past. The point is they’re both great keepers. Iker will always be # 1 for me, but I don’t want to see Diego discarded. (As far as age goes, both are in their early 30s and with keepers having a longer shelf life than other players, their ages are probably not a factor.)

        OMG – how scary that you had skin cancer. I’m so glad you’re ok! I try not to go out in the sun much and try to be vigilante about sunscreen, but we could all stand to be more careful. Cris, your skin color and the health implication, they worry us!

  2. Mehreh July 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    I figured the RM boys bought la mer by the gallon but cris seems to prove otherwise.

    Aw, I’m glad you like my suggestions for the eyebrows! I’m honored 🙂

  3. jellyace July 24, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    “Why does Zoe almost always wear a bonnet?”

    Because like her papi, she wants to be a goalkeeper, but the goalkeeper that she admires is Petr Cech!

  4. jellyace July 24, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    We have a match v Lyon? OOOOHHHHH! Yoann Gourcuff alert!

    • jellyace July 24, 2013 at 1:09 am #

      With both Isco and Gourcuff on the pitch we can have a lash off to see whose eyelashes wa-tish when they blink!

  5. Lily July 24, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    I just spat out my tea laughing at “oompa loompa realness.”

    I agree with above convo on sun damage. Cristiano’s skin is already so wrinkled. He is my age. None of my friends or I have crows feet yet. Granted, I’m as white as a ghost, but wrinkle free at least. There’s only so much that a face lift or botox can do to fix that. Don’t even get me started on skin cancer risks…


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