Monday & Tuesday Training, FloPeezy Sets The Record Straight, A Visitor & Jese Gets The (Bronze) Boot

15 Oct

1001-148-_HEL3977Thumb,22Wow! Young Casanova is quite limber, isn’t he? Monday saw a return to training for The Lonely Boys (not to be confused with Los Lonely Boys) who prepared for Saturday’s match against Malaga.

They had a visitor at training: retired Argentinean striker Hernan Crespo who came to visit his former coach at Parma & AC Milan,  Ancelotti.

It wasn’t the first visit Drool alum Crespo has made to RM, he stopped by in March to see Mou , who coached him at Chelsea & Inter Milan.

_HEL4126ThumbFROM REALMADRID.COM

Hernán Crespo: “You have to admire Cristiano Ronaldo’s figures”
by Diego Jabalquinto

“Ancelotti is an extraordinary person and he has given me a lot”, the former player said while visiting the Real Madrid Football City

482-176-_HEL4069Thumb,8Hernán Crespo followed the Whites’ first training session of the week at the Real Madrid Football City in preparation for the Liga match against Málaga. The former Argentine player greeted Carlo Ancelotti, who he played under at Parma and AC Milan, and the rest of the coaching staff. “Ancelotti is as extraordinary person and he has given me a lot”, he said about the Italian coach, while on the subject of Cristiano Ronaldo he recognised that: “you have to admire his figures”.

4-537-_HEL4115Thumb,8The man who had played up front for teams like Inter, AC Milan, Lazio and Chelsea, has a great friendship with Carlo Ancelotti. The two of them coincided in two different periods and on the subject of the Italian coach Crespo said: “Ancelotti is an extraordinary person. He has given me a lot. He was my coach in my first years in Europe. Two years at Parma and then at AC Milan. You could say it is not very long when you consider how close we are; it is almost 20 years since we met. It is always a pleasure to come and meet him”.

570-693-_HEL4094Thumb,8The Argentine has just finished his coaching course and is studying the training of the world’s best clubs and coaches. On the subject of Cristiano Ronaldo, Crespo said: “He is a player who wins matches on his own. Looking at his figures makes what I achieved look ridiculous. You have to admire them”.

Speaking of Cristiano, he and Pepe returned to training today. They were released from the Portuguese National Team due to card accumulation. I’m relieved because that means less chance of international duty injury before the Clasico.

Casemiro, Pepe sees your high kick and raises it, whippersnapper!

Casemiro, Pepe sees your high kick and raises it, whippersnapper!


Marca got into the shitstirring bidness again when they printed something saying that Gareth Bale has a lumbar disc hernia and will require surgery. You may recall we lost Pipa for 3 months when he had hernia surgery. Real Madrid freaked the fuck out and released an official statement:

Official announcement: Bale

In response to the information that the newspaper Marca has published today regarding the player Gareth Bale, Real Madrid would like to state the following:

1. The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a bulge on two others, is completely false.

2. The player does not have a slipped disc, as the club’s medical services stated clearly to the newspaper before the information was published. Surprisingly, the version the doctors offered this media outlet on Thursday 10 October has been omitted.

3. The player Gareth Bale has a small chronic disc bulge, which is extremely common among football players and by no means prevents him from carrying out his professional activity normally.

Carlos Diez, head of the Sanitas-Real Madrid Medical Services gave an interview refuting Marca’s claims.
Entrevista_Carlos_DíezFROM REALMADRID.COM

Carlos Díez: “Bale does not have a slipped disc and won’t require surgery”

“The newspaper spoke to Real Madrid’s medical staff and we explained to them exactly what he has. We don’t understand their interpretation of this information”, said the head of the Sanitas-Real Madrid Medical Services.

Carlos Díez, head of the Sanitas-Real Madrid Medical Services, has refuted the information Marca published about Gareth Bale and assures that: “To date, we can confirm that he does not have a slipped disc and won’t require surgery. The newspaper spoke to Real Madrid’s medical staff and we explained to them exactly what he has. Therefore, we don’t understand their interpretation of this information”.

Does Bale have a slipped disc?

No. And that is what we’ve published on Real Madrid’s official website. We issued a statement in which we clarify the information the newspaper published. There is no slipped disc and we talked about a small disc bulge, which has nothing to do with the concept of a slipped disc. Top athletes often have these small anatomic anomalies. It was an isolated MRI finding that has to be put into context. It’s insignificant because it doesn’t require follow-up. The player doesn’t have any symptoms and therefore it can’t be compared with any of these facts.

Will the disc bulge prevent Bale from playing?

No. When we find these conditions all we do is work through preventive medicine. We do preventative work so that these protrusions don’t worsen. Strengthen the back and abdominal muscles so that the core works as a type of a brace, stabilising this joint space so that no additional stress is put on these anomalies.

The newspaper that published this information knew that Bale does not have a slipped disc?

Yes. They spoke with Real Madrid’s medical staff and we explained to them exactly what he has. Therefore, we don’t understand their interpretation of this information.

The newspaper also claimed that the club knew about it…

We have a protocol. Medical examinations to ensure that players are fit follow established channels. And I would like to deny what has been said. The president knew nothing about it because there wasn’t anything to report. The player was fit to play and the usual channels were followed.

What is the status and how is the player evolving?

Right now he has a small thigh muscle contracture. It happened during the warm-up at the Santiago Bernabéu and he injured it again in the match against Atlético de Madrid. We’re being cautious in that regard and above all working progressively because he didn’t have a preseason to prepare like the other players. But we’re also placing it into the context of the competition schedule. Now we have a match against Málaga, after that a Champions League game and then the Clásico against Barcelona, where hopefully he’ll have had time on the pitch already and can be there 120%.

At no time has Bale suffered a slipped disc and he won’t require surgery, right?

To date, we can confirm that he does not have a slipped disc and won’t require surgery.

Not content, the Peez went on Punta Peloto to set the record straight. He is not happy and I don’t blame him, because the world’s press has taken the story and run with it.

-633-72-COMPARECENCIA-FLORENTINO_VCM4767Thumb,0FROM REALMADRID.COM

Florentino Perez: “It is not true that Bale has a slipped disc and he is fit to play”

Real Madrid’s president responded to questions on the information published by Marca about the Welshman in the program ‘Punto Pelota’: “The doctors have made it clear that a small disc bulge is relatively common in elite footballers”

Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, appeared on Intereconomia’s TV program Punto Pelota last night, where he rejected claims that Gareth Bale is suffering from a slipped disc: “What it says in the article is not true. Something has been made out of nothing. Bale is fit to play and wants to show that he is fine. All of the doctors have made it clear that a small disc bulge is relatively common in elite footballers. Not all athletes have scans, so not all of those that have these disc bulges know they have them. Elite athletes suffer more with the back and can handle it, but this is something normal. A big deal has been made out of something normal”.

Florentino Perez highlighted the damage that this information has done to the player: “All this affects Bale’s image and dignity. The player himself and those around him are concerned because they have contracts and campaigns that this could affect. They said that he has a slipped disc when he doesn’t and our legal team and looking into what we can do”. Real Madrid’s president added that, despite this information, Bale is “calm and ready, waiting to play on Saturday. Everyone knows that, because he didn’t have a good preseason, he suffered from muscle fatigue in the thigh. He is training well and wants to play and show that all this is just something over nothing”.

Doesn’t it feel sometimes like the Drama Llama has taken up permanent residence at Real Madrid? SMH.

Ugh. Well, let’s end things on a good note. Congrats to the charming Jese who received the Adidas Bronze Boot as the third top scorer in the recent Under-20 World Cup in Turkey. He scored 5 goals to help La Rojita to the quarter finals.

Jesé_RodríguezHe was given the trophy in a ceremony at the hotel in San Pedro del Pintar (Murcia) where he was staying with the Spain U21 team. Congrats!

– Lozil

3 Responses to “Monday & Tuesday Training, FloPeezy Sets The Record Straight, A Visitor & Jese Gets The (Bronze) Boot”

  1. CinematiqueChic October 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Felicidades Jese!! And to La Roja for qualifying for the World Cup! International Break can be a bummer but it’s been pretty joyful this week!

  2. jellyace October 16, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Yes, Mr. Crespo, we do admire Cristiano Ronaldo’s figure. Very Much.

    Congratulations to Jese! How did La Rojita do?

  3. Rosa October 16, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    My bi-polar kicked in and it’s about 7 in the morning and I have almost cleaned my whole house. That doesn’t happen that often. So I’m in a relatively good mood. Until I saw Hernan Crespo!! He’s a doll still. And regarding Bale’s “back injury” I bet it is somewhere in the middle of the two positions. I don’t know if Spain is as litigious as we are, but if he is going to miss a whole lot of time (3 or so months) I’d want my money back.

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