Would you like a side of drama to go with that training session?

28 Mar


These two were missed in Sevilla, but they’ll be back in action tomorrow. The final training session before Rayo was held today and everyone but our injured boys, plus Modric who is out with the flu, was at Ancelotti’s disposal.






The Mister sat down to do what he does and talk that talk with the press, ahead of tomorrow’s must win match.

From realmadrid.com


Carlo Ancelotti appeared before the press the day before the match against Rayo. The Italian coach, who confirmed that “Cristiano Ronaldo will play” despite a niggle, discussed the league match in the Santiago Bernabéu: “We have to realise that Rayo play very well and that it is a very good example of how the small teams try to play good football. That adds value to the quality of La Liga. Tomorrow will be a difficult match because we need to win it, to respond well and also to demonstrate our wont to do things”.

“Each team has its own style of play and I really like Paco’s style because it has its own clear identity. At the moment the teams’ characteristics are different but our football also has its own clear identity”.

The current situation in La Liga
“We have not lost our hard work in these four days because we have done that well, what we have lost is the fact that the league depended on us. We are still confident because the defeats were not due to a problem in our game. We have conceded six goals and that means that we made mistakes that we have to avoid because now mistakes are expensive. We need to concentrate more”.

“La Liga will be decided on the last matchday. We’re behind now, but we’ll keep fighting to win the league until the final match. We’ll certainly need more than 90 points to do it”.

The possibility of rotations
“Today we had a problem with Modric, who had a temperature last night, later we’ll make a decision. Rotations are made if someone is tired. Now the important match is the one against Rayo and then we’ll focus on the Champions League”.

“It is clear that we’ve lost defensive strength. We have conceded six goals in two games. We made small mistakes and they have cost us dearly now. We need to concentrate more on everything. There were problems with positioning, above all for the goals. They were positioning errors not concentration errors”.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s niggle
“He has a slight niggle, but it will not affect him at all. He is training normally and treating it. He’ll play tomorrow. Today he trained well and he has no problem whatsoever”.

“He doesn’t need to rest now because he is handling the problem well. He is confident and does not let these things get him down. If things improve we’ll rest him, but now all of us and the player are very relaxed. It is a small problem that will be resolved with treatment”.

Free-kicks and Bale’s change of boots
“First is Cristiano Ronaldo and then Bale. When Bale takes a free-kick it means that Cristiano Ronaldo agrees. He couldn’t keep on playing with his boots like that and he changed them. He’s physically fine and he feels fine”.

Xabi Alonso’s fitness
“The last two matches were not great, but he is always an important player. He is comfortable and fit. Perhaps he made mistakes in the last two matches and he will rest when he needs to rest. The two defeats in a row were not due to a fitness issue because we were physically fine throughout”.

Diego López or Casillas
“It’s an issue we’ve spoken about before and the situation’s very clear. Diego López is doing well, like Iker when he’s played. Tomorrow Diego López will play and Casillas on Wednesday. It is a debate for outsiders, not one for us here”.

Changes in the Sánchez Pizjuán
“The change we made was to add some quality. We bought Isco on just at the right time. Putting Morata on would have meant changing the system too much at that time. With Isco on the field and that change the team would lose more balance”.

Mourinho’s statements
“It’s his opinion. I think that Real Madrid is fighting for La Liga this season, something it was unable to do last year. Let’s just say that”.

Player list for Rayo:

Goal Keepers: Casillas, Diego López, and Jesús Fernández.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Marcelo, Carvajal, and Nacho.
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Bale, Casemiro, Modric, Illarra, Isco, and Di María.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, and Morata.


If you haven’t seen Cristiano & Pele’s new Emirates ad, you can see it here. Crissy attended a press event where he was named global ambassador of Emirates and he talked about filming the new ad, the World Cup, and more.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named a global ambassador of Emirates in an event that took place in the press room at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium. The Portuguese striker, who shares the honour with Pelé, declared: “It’s the best airline in the world and I am proud to be part of the Emirates family”. Before the end of the event, Ronaldo received a model of an A380 plane and presented Fernando Suárez de Góngora, the company’s director in Spain, with a Real Madrid shirt he had signed.

Cristiano Ronaldo also spoke about the fun advert he filmed with Pelé for the occasion: “It was very special and good fun. I had a great time and the advert shows that it was fun to film. Filming on a plane was fantastic. I really want to fly on that plane again. The quality is astonishing. Being with a legend like Pelé is spectacular. Generations change and he belonged to a fantastic generation. I was able to show him the respect we have for his generation. Pelé always set an example to me”.

“People have to follow their dreams. It’s not easy. It is good to want it and you have to work constantly. I love being a footballer and the most important thing is to be yourself”.

“When I was a kid I looked up to the players in the Portugal team and I wanted to be like them. My goal was to play for Portugal like Figo and Rui Costa. I played my first match at 18”.

Portugal at the World Cup
“We have a good team but you also have Spain, Brazil, Germany and Argentina. They are all favourites and that is good for us because there is no pressure on us. I am very confident, but we are going to take it step by step and match by match. The match against Germany will be difficult, but I think we can have a good World Cup”.

“I’ll try and watch as many matches as I can. It’s a fantastic competition in one month. We’ll be following Brazil and above all Spain, where I have a lot of friends”.








Gettin’ feisty on Twitter! Arbeloa posted this shot of him and DLo, earlier today, and unsurprisingly, people had something to say about it.



“Don’t confuse the truth with the opinion of the majority.” 😉 Always with you brother!

Several hours and twitter replies later, he came back with this.


“Those who want to see division in a message of unity above all, have a problem. And the problem is yours, not mine. Kisses”

Given what a hot button issue the Iker/DLo debate has become, I’m surprised he didn’t expect some sort of reaction. It’s practically guaranteed. Maybe he did see this reaction coming and just doesn’t care, like he said – it’s no problem of his and he’s going to do what he does. Drama, drama, drama. Always, always, always.


Pics via GFsports.



6 Responses to “Would you like a side of drama to go with that training session?”

  1. Lara March 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I think Arbeloa knew exactly what was coming when he wrote that first tweet. He has always been a guy who defends those who are injustly attacked by the media, and at the moment Diego Lopez really is. Spanish media blames Lopez for the two losses against Barca and Sevilla, even though it was the defence that sucked, not goalkeeper.

    And Arbie doesn’t stop defending the hated ones even if he knows himself to get hatred of the media and many fans for it. For that I admire him and understand why some call him the true captain of Madrí. He puts defending his team first and his own comfort and popularity second.

  2. headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Arbeloa knows *exactly* what he’s doing. He’s intelligent and media savvy. He knows the impact his tweet will have and he couldn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks. He’s sticking up for a friend, teammate and fellow canterano who is being unfairly reamed in the media right now. I admire him for it. And it must be said DLo is a revelation in that Under Armor. Boyfriend is ripped and has some serious abs! 🙂

    • Tatiana March 29, 2014 at 6:14 am #

      The body of Lopez really looks surprisingly good. He looks kind of tall and skinny noodle with normal clothes on, but OMG in this photo 😎 And Arbie’s smile and eyes and arms – too much yummy…

      Also I admire what Arbie does for the team. He is a rare football player in that he seems to be very intelligent and outspoken, and I am glad that he is the one who comes out to defend the team in matters like this newest press hate campaign and not for example our gorgeous Sese…

      • . March 29, 2014 at 7:25 am #

        …none of you people speak Spanish, do you?

        • M March 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

          Why – have we missed some nuance in the lines above?

          *ready to headdesk*

          Real Madrid, We take our drama seriously. – that should be our logo.

        • Lara March 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

          Yes, I do speak Spanish, it is not my native language but being married to a Spaniard I have learned a lot. Why? The only thing I notice in those messages that could be seen as provocation is the sarcastic ‘besitos’ in the end of the latter one.

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