Madrid Catch Up: Training, Carlo’s Book, An Award For Isco & Remembering Puskas

18 Nov

174-671-_VCM7056Thumb,8I’m starting to think that one of RM’s photographers has a crush on Casanova. Every day there’s a new smiley closeup. I’m not complaining in the slightest.

The team had their first training of the week with Castilla (and sans the internationals) to prepare for Saturday’s match.

The mister got out there to promote his new book “My Christmas Tree” with a presser in Madrid.

557-490-_HES4920Thumb,8FROM REALMADRID.COM

Ancelotti: “Thinking about helping Real Madrid to win its tenth European Cup is an amazing source of motivation”
by Alberto Navarro

“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best and the Ballon d’Or should go to the player who is doing better than all the others on the field”, the Madrid coach added at the launch of his book ‘My Christmas Tree’

Carlo Ancelotti launched his book ‘My Christmas Tree’ in a Madrid hotel. The Real Madrid coach, who was accompanied by Emilio Butragueño, the director of institutional Relations, and Miguel Pardeza, the director of Football, started his speech by saying: “I wrote this book because I like football and because I have tried to explain how football has changed between when I started with Reggiana and now. All of my experience and my working methods are summed up here. It is a book for coaches and for people who like football and want to know more about this world”. He also talked about one of the aims he has set himself since he took charge of the Madrid dressing room: “The day I joined Real Madrid was very special. I had never seen nine European Cups together and it is not hard to think that there is one missing. It is an aim and an amazing source of motivation to think of helping a club like Real Madrid to win its tenth European Cup”.

940-195-_HES4886Thumb,8With regards to the possibility that Cristiano Ronaldo will win his second Ballon d’Or, he said: “In this period, which has been fairly long, he has been the best. The award should go to the player who is doing better than all the others on the field. He is able to decide what is best for himself: whether or not to go to FIFA’s ceremonies”. With regards to Benzema being a substitute for France, he said: “He is doing very well this season and he has had the strength of character to sort out the little problem he had. It is no surprise that he is a substitute for France, or if he is not”.

208-439-_HES4813Thumb,8When asked about the international friendlies and the problems they can cause, like Khedira’s recent injury, he said: “It is a difficult problem to solve because the demands of a club are different to the demands of a national team. When I started coaching footballers they did not have so many matches and it was easier. It is difficult playing a match every three days. FIFA and UEFA have the chance to solve it with a different calendar. We have had bad luck, especially with Khedira. With Xabi Alonso it is just a knock. Khedira is very important for us, we need to look for another solution and I am sure that we are going to sort out this important absence. Xabi Alonso’s knock was dangerous, but luckily he did not have any more particular problems. It was a very aggressive match for a friendly”.

724-974-_HES4817Thumb,22On the subject of possible solutions to Khedira’s absence, he said: “We don’t have any plans to sign anyone during the winter transfer window. We have two options. One is to use a player with a similar style and the other is to change our system. I think we need to think about this, and we have players who at the moment have not played, but are in good shape like Casemiro. Isco has played some matches in the middle of a three-man midfield, even though he is more comfortable playing behind the forwards. I might be able to go with two midfielders and Isco a little further forward. Pepe and Ramos are central defenders”.

212-524-_HES4912,9On Coentrão’s place in the first leg of the World Cup play-off and how not qualifying for this summer’s competition in Brazil might affect players, he said: “I was surprised that Fabio started. Marcelo is training on his own and I think that in two weeks he will be ready. Going to the World Cup is very important and maybe not going would not affect them, but we are here to help them get over that problem. I hope they all qualify for the World Cup”.

717-533-_HES4854Thumb,8On the subject of the pressure of managing a team of Real Madrid’s standing, he said: “It is the most prestigious club in the world and so there can be a lot of pressure, but my job is always the same: to try to do everything I can to help the team win. Occasional criticism gives you energy to do your job better”. Regarding the suggestion that the president of any of the clubs he coached might have suggested he should pick a particular player, he was clear: “Nobody has ever asked me to pick one player or another. We have often talked about the decision I have taken, especially with Berlusconi, because I think that a coach has to explain things to the president. But nobody has ever asked me to”.

239-894-_HES4900Thumb,22Ancelotti also talked about how you should manage a dressing room: “It is impossible for everyone to be happy. The most important thing is mutual respect. I want to be respected for what I do in my work and I try to respect the players and the people who work at this club. I like the players to have the same respect for the lowest ranking person who works at this club as they do for me. This does not mean always saying yes to everything”.

336-294-_HES4736Thumb,36Finally, when asked about last season’s match against Barcelona with PSG and how he approached the Liga match in the Camp Nou with Real Madrid, he was clear: “The problem with PSG was that in the first leg against Barcelona I did not have players with much Champions League experience. Because of this in the first leg we were a bit scared and we did not play with as much courage as in the second leg. Real Madrid is different and has players with an amazing amount of professional experience”.

Isco received the Jóvenes 2013 D. O. La Mancha outstanding athlete of the year award. The honor comes with a 3,000 Euro charity prize which he donated to young girl with spinal muscular atrophy.

892-831-_VCM7719Thumb,50FROM REALMADRID.COM

Isco receives the ‘Jóvenes 2013 D. O. La Mancha (2013 Youth D. O. La Mancha)’ award
by Antonio M. Leal

The Real Madrid player received the award at a ceremony held at the Santiago Bernabéu press room

Isco has received the Jóvenes 2013 D. O. La Mancha award given by the designation of origin of the wines from this region. The ceremony was held at the Santiago Bernabéu press room, where the Real Madrid player was recognised as an outstanding athlete throughout the year. Cyclist Jesús Herrada also received an award in this category. This charity award comes with a 3,000 euro prize, which Isco donated to young Idaira Osuna’s fight against spinal muscular atrophy.

The midfielder was thrilled to receive the award and explained his choice of charity: “I want to congratulate all the winners and thank the organisation for allowing me to do my part for Idaira, a girl from my town who has a lot of problems. I also want to thank her family for showing what it means to struggle daily to try and help someone get better. I am proud to donate and share this award with them”. The Real Madrid player was presented the award by Vicente Tirado, president of Castile-La Mancha. Other winners recognised at the event include the comedian José Mota, actress María Castro, journalist Toñi Moreno and the “El tiempo entre costuras (The Time in Between)” television series.


Meant to put this up yesterday but argh, I’m behind on just about everything. Yesterday was the 7th anniversary of the death of Ferenc Puskás, not only a legend for Real Madrid, but one of the greatest players ever in the sport. Here’s more from RM:

Ferenc Puskas passed away on November 17, 2006 in Budapest at 79 years old. One of the best players of his time, the forward has gone down in history as a legend of world football. With countless spectacular performances he scored 242 goals in eight seasons with Real Madrid, the fourth top scorer in the club’s 111 years of history, and won three European Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, five Ligas and a Spanish Cup with the Whites.

I love all the historic footage and, of course, you can never go wrong with “The Impossible Dream.”

– Lozil

7 Responses to “Madrid Catch Up: Training, Carlo’s Book, An Award For Isco & Remembering Puskas”

  1. mygypsyspirit November 19, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Brazilians are smiley… Perhaps Shigs should just never go to Brazil 😉

  2. jellyace November 19, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    The Impossible Dream is from The Man From La Mancha, right?

  3. Mehreh November 19, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    if this book is half as good as carlo’s other book, we’re in for a treat.

    i think that’s the blazer isco wore on his official RM presentation day. boy, you can afford it. go blazer shopping.

  4. CinematiqueChic November 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Bless that photographer. S/he is bringing me a lot of joy!

    Isco is looking GOOD in that outfit!

  5. Katie Ann November 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Isco. Good man.

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