Ready To Take On La Real & Pirata Update

4 Apr

Satellite (8)How the heck could he be cheating on Pilar? He’s too busy jumping on dudes constantly. There aren’t enough hours left in the day when he’s finished with that (Is he ever finished with that?!). The team held their final training session today before heading off to the wonderful San Sebastian to face La Real.

20 players took to the pitch along with Castilla’s José Rodríguez , Jacob and Willian José . (Video)

Carlo gave his presser today discussing our schedule, various illnesses/injuries and more.

Ancelotti: “The match against Real Sociedad is very important, we are still fighting for the Liga”

“We are faced with a difficult opponent that plays good football and we need to do everything to win”, added the Whites’ coach in the press room.

Carlo Ancelotti appeared before the press in the run up to the match against Real Sociedad. The Italian coach explained his feelings on the clash: “Real Sociedad is a tricky team that plays well, above all in its home ground. We need to do everything to win because the match is very important for the league. We want to stay in the fight and the match will be vital. If we don’t win the league becomes more difficult. The objective is to win and do everything to achieve it”.

“The schedule is very difficult for the clubs. The German teams have a rest in winter and come back in February and March feeling fresher. In January we played nine matches. I’m talking about all the Spanish teams, not just Real Madrid. It is a miracle that the Spanish have five teams in the European competitions. Injuries are normal”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“We’re resting him because he’s a little tired, in order to avoid any risk. We have important matches and that is why we’re leaving him behind so that he can rest, train and be ready. On Tuesday he’ll be fresher and he’ll be able to recover better from the consecutive matches he’s played. I’ve spoken to him and we decided together to give him a rest. He wants to play in every match and that’s great, but he hasn’t had any problems”.

“At this point all teams have played lots of games and it is ormal that there are injuries.”

“We have various options for replacing Cristiano. Morata could play and move the position of the strikers. Isco is going to play. Di María is in the squad, I don’t think he’ll start but he’ll be on the bench. He trained in the gym and I think he’ll be better tomorrow. He’s lost a little weight. We have to wait but I’ll be putting out the freshest team. Bale is doing well, he is playing well in the matches he has and playing regularly. Changing his position could be an option tomorrow”.

“Jesé has had a fever and an inflamed knee. He needs a check-up with the doctor who operated on him and he’s going to Germany to do that. It is not unusual. He has been unlucky this season. At the moment all the teams have played a lot of games and it is normal that there are injuries. I don’t believe in curses”.

The squad
“We have injuries such as those of Khedira, Arbeloa and Jesé who we miss, but physically the team is doing well, we showed that on Wednesday against Borussia. The team is fine, although it is true that there are players who we miss. Khedira is doing individual work and in 10 or 15 days he could start working with us again”.

The following players were called up for the match:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Diego López and Jesús Fernández.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrão, Carvajal and Nacho.
Midfielders: Bale, Xabi Alonso, Casemiro, Modric, Di María, Isco, Illarra and Medrán
Forwards: Benzema, Morata and Willian José .

There’s an additional update on Jesé that the club released late today:

Real Madrid player Jesé Rodriguez underwent an arthroscopic revision of his right knee, which was carried out by Ulrich Boenisch in the Hessingpark-Clinic in Augsburg. The revision was a success and the player will stay in hospital for a few days under the supervision of the Real Madrid Medical Services.

Iker appeared at a Head & Shoulders event today and was interviewed about pretty much the same old-same old.  If we’re tired of hearing about the Iker/DLo debate, imagine how he feels.


Casillas: “We cannot afford any slip-ups and against Real we have to get the three points (Video)

“I hope it is the best season of my career and we manage to get the cup, the Champions League and La Liga”, said Real Madrid’s keeper.

Iker Casillas was the star of a publicity event during which he discussed the Whites’ current situation. Regarding the league match against Real Sociedad, the keeper recognised: “We’ll know before the match what the teams ahead of us have done. We cannot afford any slip-ups. The match is very important because it is a difficult place to visit and we have to get all three points”.

“I hope it is the best season of my career and we manage to win the two competitions I’m playing in, and of course La Liga. At the end of the season we’ll evaluate it. I don’t feel bad. It’s positive to reach the final of the Copa del Rey and to have the chance to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Let’s see if we can reach the final in Lisbon, which won’t be easy”.

Where might Atlético and Barcelona lose in the league
“I would like them to stumble tomorrow. What I will try to do is make sure that we don’t stumble. That’s the idea. We worry about us and win all the points and see what happens. We know that they play each other on the last day. All the teams have a lot at stake. We’re playing Celta who could be tough and an Espanyol who might be safe in our final weeks… every match in these two or three weeks is going to be important for everyone”.

“If the decision has been made not to take Ronaldo to San Sebastián it is because he can’t go. If he rests it is because it is out of our hands. What he has to do is recover well over the weekend and think about the next match”.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has shown over these five years that he is always there to contribute.”

Iker also added: “What Cristiano has to do tomorrow is support the team and think about the Champions League”.

The incident between Busquets and Pepe in the last Clásico
“The video speaks for itself. Pepe has the support of Xabi Alonso and of all the teammates. There is a heated move and Busquets I think, from my point of view, was out of line. When I see Busquets I’ll give him a clip round the ear, nothing more”.

The rotation between the sticks with Diego López
“Playing for Real Madrid day after day is always motivation in my opinion. It’s whoever the gaffer decides should play each match, and in this case the gaffer decided at the start of the season that Diego would play in the league and I would in the cup and the Champions League, we have to carry on like that. Diego deserves all the team’s respect and support. In the end it’s good for me and the team”.

The possibility of playing a match in La Liga
“I would love you to ask me that question on the 30th of April, because that would mean that Real Madrid is in the final in Lisbon. Until then we have to keep our minds off it because we have three matches to go, first on Tuesday and then a possible semi-final”.

Diego López in the Spanish national side
“Of course. In fact Vicente del Bosque planned for him to form part of the team a few years ago. It’s a decision that Vicente will take and I suppose that since the unfortunate injury of Victor he will have been watching other keepers and will have people who have kept an eye out, and will make the best decision for Spain. Of course Diego could be in the manager’s plans”.

His future
“There are constant rumours but I have said this several times. I hope to stay here and finish my contract. The important thing is finishing the season and enjoying it, and we hope that it will be very positive for Real Madrid”.

How he feels for the World Cup
“I try to make the most of all the matches the gaffer gives me, for me, to see how I feel, and for the team, because I am responsible for doing well. Then we’ll see what happens in Brazil”.

El Pirata is more or less recovered which is fabulous news. He did a press conference yesterday.
There was an article on (March 15th) which featured this delicious picture.
Esteban talked about how excited he was to return and how he was hoping that it would be against Real Madrid. Sadly, he wasn’t called up for tomorrow, which kinda sucks. I do expect we’ll see some pictures of him with the boys though.

– Lozil

One Response to “Ready To Take On La Real & Pirata Update”

  1. CinematiqueChic April 5, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    It’s been too long since we’re seen Pirata’s gorgeous face out on the pitch. I miss him and I’m so glad to hear he’s basically recovered.

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