La Roja Ready for Georgia

14 Oct

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La Roja is making me feel like Tyra with these pics….”Best photo goes to….Valdes.” Victor, we will accept your kisses & allow you to enjoy the opening image spot. I don’t know who to hand it to more, the Spanish keepers with their fab booties, flowing air kisses, & willingness to back it up into Iker, or the fab photographers who capture these moments. Either way, I yam happy girl.

La Roja got their final trainin’ on in preparations for Georgia, tomorrow. For those of you that shake their fist at International Duty, it’s almost over! Hang in there! *No injuries, no injuries, no injuries*

Yesterday, Monreal & Negredo sat down to talk about competition within the team, their Georgian rivals, and….Diego Costa.

monreal_rprensaFrom Marca.com

Monreal:

“On paper it looks like it will be a similar game. They showed in Georgia that they’re a very compact unit in which all eleven players defend and they gave us a run for our money. It will be the same old story.”

“The solution is to be ourselves, with a clear philosophy that has yielded great results. We have to stick to that. There are times during matches when you have to attack more and others when you have to hold, but we have to keep up our approach.”

On Diego Costa – “He’s proving that with his all-round play and goals. At the end of the day he adds another striker to the options and anyone who comes in to help the team will be welcome.”

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Negredo:

“You have to try to deal with the situation as best you can, the competition is really tough. There are a lot of top players in the reckoning, so when you go out on the pitch you try to give it your best shot; sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.”

“Goals are what strikers live for. The other day against Belarus I was lucky enough to come off the bench and score the second goal – other days things don’t pan out so well. You have to seize your chance because the competition is fierce”.

“It will be difficult against Georgia, because they will put eleven men behind the ball, but we have to stay true to our philosophy. Even though matches can become a struggle, they rarely slip away. We just have to keep the ball and take our chances.”

On Diego Costa – “What’s important is that he’s a great player and there’s no denying that. Whether he gets picked or not is not up to the players, it’s the coach’s call.”

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Also getting in on the face time, Michu had a little interview with Marca today.

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From Marca.com

Miguel Ángel Lara · Madrid

Michu is on cloud nine after making his Spain debut, but he is still that humble, shy lad who dreamed of playing for Oviedo.

Question: What is it like to make your debut for Spain?

Answer: I cannot put into words the joy I felt when the gaffer gave his team talk and I saw I was playing.

Q: What did Del Bosque ask of you?

A: That I do what I do for my club because that’s what he called me up for.

Q: How did you celebrate Iniesta’s goal in the World Cup final?

A: I was at home, with my father and brother. I started shouting out the window like a madman when he scored. My father told me I was wrong in the head.

Q: Now he’s your teammate in Spain’s dressing room.

A: Iniesta is one of the greats, but he’s an even better person.

Q: Today Michu is in Spain’s senior squad. Nobody wanted him in back in the summer of 2011.

A: That’s right. That’s why I would advise any kid playing football to never give up on his dreams and that life in this sport can change overnight.

Q: Do you think about moving to a big club?

A: I’m not thinking about that right now. I’m very happy at Swansea. It’s a small club, but we’re in Europe and have already won a trophy, the first in the club’s history.

Q: You played with Diego Costa at Celta and Rayo.

A: He’s a very talented footballer. He backs his team to the hilt on the pitch, but is as nice as they get off it.

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The RFEF partnered up with the Secretary General of Penitentiary Institutions to host a prison championship final match at Las Rozas, yesterday, and La Roja was on hand to meet & greet the players of both teams. Everyone looked like they had a good time, with the exception of some newbies…..I see that nervous smile Alberto Moreno!

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Today, the boys took a train ride to Albacete, where they’ll play Georgia. With the trip, La Roja entered Iniesta territory, no doubt it was a special day for him. FYI I’m trying very hard not to make the very obvious song reference and joke about a certain time of the night, a train, and Georgia….

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You don’t let a World and European Champion hit up their hometown without an honorary presentation, you just don’t, so that’s what Iniesta was given. VdB, Iker, Xavi, & Sergio were in attendance for the little man’s tribute.

The first minute and 50 seconds of the video features the transport of Iniesta’s picture, all the way from Madrid to Albacete, as exciting as it is….here’s a heads up to skip to the actual footage of the presentation.

The team had Saturday to enjoy the day off, Iniesta and Juanfran shared pics of how they spent it.

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Iniesta in Fuentealbilla.

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Juanfran taking in a youth match.

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Sergio being Sergio.

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Juan Mata capturing the mayhem…and only one guy notices. Can you spot him?

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Pepe expressed his outrage at the supposed conversation, between Iker & himself, that Cuatro’s super cameras & super lip readers picked up. He said what they reported was in no way close to what was actually said. The media lies? Who would’ve thought??

Pics via gfsports, tfortravis, lafurriaroja, infocasillas, sefutbol, & La Energia de La Roja.

Vamos La Roja!!!

And an early Eid Mubarak to all the Muslims out there. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday tomorrow. 🙂

-Maisougio

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14 Responses to “La Roja Ready for Georgia”

  1. mygypsyspirit October 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for helping to fuel my Valdes obsession…

    You know what he’s doing? He’s mocking me. He’s blowing ironic kisses at me…

  2. lwitrak October 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I think it is physically impossible for A) these guys NOT to look cute and B) Sese to NOT pop his collar. Someone send him an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue from 1997 and change the date to the present – perhaps he will thin he is starting a trend.

  3. Mehreh October 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    dang beeeeector. he is for sure in the top 5 of my drool amnesty hall of fame. so cute.

    i think michu needs a bit of a hair and beard trim though. too caveman for me, though i understand he probably needs it to stay warm in swansea.

    i’m so happy to see isco so ecstatic to be with la roja. boy isn’t taking a minute of it for granted.

  4. Rosa October 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    I always like these postings with all the pictures. But tonight I must be in one of my moods and I have always thought how great it would be to be married to one of them (anyone for that matter) but then I look at the pictures and they have to walk by the fans and especially the kids. But they can’t sign for everyone. One solution: Send some over to play for the Seattle Sounders!! Then nobody will know who they are…

  5. Mimi October 15, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Thank you for the Eid wishes.

    All I could of looking at those pictures is Sese asking fans for a photo!

  6. Akemi October 15, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    I just realized that anything about La Roja makes me calmer. Weird that their nickname is supposed to be “La Furia Roja” although somewhat needed after the stress of the earthquake I experienced this morning.

    • maisoun October 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Are you alright?? I’ve been through many earthquakes, they’re not something you get used to :/ I hope it wasn’t a bad one!

      • Akemi October 16, 2013 at 6:01 am #

        It was 7.2 and there are at least 6 Spanish-era (400 ish years old) churches in my region that are ruined. Harsh but I’m okay. Aftershocks haven’t stopped and they’re quite strong (about intensity 4 or 5 at times).

        Good thing Eid is a holiday in the PH and no one was at work or in school when the quake happened. Which reminds me, happy Eid al-Adha to all my Muslim brothers and sisters! ^_^

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      Yikes! I hope you’re okay.

      • Akemi October 16, 2013 at 6:02 am #

        I’m fine, thanks for asking. ^_^

    • jellyace October 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      Are you in Cebu or Bohol? Oh, no. Hope you are OK. Didn’t feel a thing at Clark but that 7.2 must have been scary.

      • Akemi October 16, 2013 at 5:53 am #

        Cebu. It was really strong, all my students don’t have class until next week and I didn’t even get to renew my license coz LTO is closed.

        • jellyace October 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

          They say it was as strong as the Haiti earthquake, but because it was a national holiday, many lives were spared. We are trying to raise donations for the victims and also for the church restorations as there is no funding from the govt for that (since the churches are owned by the dioceses). Hugging you with my heart, Akemi.

          • Akemi October 21, 2013 at 11:49 am #

            Thanks Jellyace. Hugs back at ya! I heard you got flooded in Clark before our quake. We’re recovering but it is quite scary to have aftershocks that can get up to magnitude 5 (Sunday’s aftershock was 5.1) but I’m coping. My titas and mom are not though, they’ve all banded in my house and we’re pretty crowded here. Good thing I don’t have work till after sem break coz classes are suspended until Nov 4th (bahhh Saturday make up classes pffft)

            I’m really happy to hear about the donations about the churches. It was also reported that the Spanish government would be helping us rebuild the churches despite their economic situation. I guess they feel responsible for the construction. I only wish they’d send us some of La Roja players to help out with the construction. I’d gladly help too!!!!! XD XD XD

            It was really lucky that the Eid was a holiday so no one was in school. Remember the Negros quake 2 years ago? That was a school day and it caused a lot of panic especially among the elementary kids. Plus some idiot rode through the streets shouting “tsunami” and caused even more panic.

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