Friday = Lots of Talking & The Obligatory Manpile

11 Apr

1Don’t know about you but I’m still reeling from that Bayern Munich news. Ugh. Just bloody figures! Anyhow, we’ve got to move ahead. The team had their final training before facing Almeria.(Training Video)

Xabi was given the day off, Dani Carvajal is suspended, Jesé, Khedira, Marcelo, Ronaldo and Arbeloa are all injured. However, the latter joined the technical talk and then went off to ride the handbike. Joining training were Castilla players Llorente, Lucas, Mascarell and Willian José.

Sergio attempted to nutmeg Morata and it all went pear-shaped. It ended in a 2-man manpile as so many things do with Sergio. It’s Tuesday? Manpile. 10% off sale at DSquared? Manpile. You had churros for breakfast? Manpile. Not that I’m complaining. I think if more men just gave in and lovingly manpiled a la The Ramos, the world would be a better, more peaceful place. I think he purposely screwed it up so he had an excuse to tackle Morata and roll around on top of him. Bless Sergio! Long may his “Show Me On The Doll” tendencies wave.


Ancelotti: “The game against Bayern will be hard for both sides”

“Our objective is to win the Champions League and to do so you have to play everyone”, said the Real Madrid manager.

Ancelotti spoke in the pressroom following the final training session before this weekend’s game against Almería. The Italian said: “The Champions League draw is good because we’re in it. We’ll play against a difficult side, with individual and collective quality. Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world and it is a side with a lot of experience. It will be a difficult game for us, but also for them too”.

“At this stage of the competition all sides are good sides. They might be the favourites for the competition but our objective is to win the cup and for that you have to play everyone. It won’t be easy, but we are motivated. I don’t think playing the second leg away is too important”.

The game against Almería
“We’re thinking in tomorrow’s game and then we’ll concentrate on the cup final. We have a good chance of winning the league if we win all our games and see what happens elsewhere. We play against a side fighting, like us, for an objective, and we need to be, as always, mentally and physically at our peak”.

“Everything helps. We have a lot of games at home in the league and we need a good atmosphere and that everyone has the right attitude. This comes from the players. We are motivated because it is a long time since Real Madrid fought for all three competitions and we have a lot of illusion. We hope that everyone has the same illusion as the side has”.

“We have a lot of illusion and motivation because it has been a long time since real madrid fought for all three competitions”.

“Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t available tomorrow. We tried to get him back for the second leg in Dortmund, but he felt it and is now receiving treatment. I don’t know if he can play on Wednesday. We have to wait and see if he can recover. I have spoken with him. He’s not happy because it is an important part of the season. If he isn’t 100% he won’t play. He wanted to play in Dortmund, and we tried but he wasn’t comfy and for this we let him continue his recovery.

“The knee problem has complicated the muscle problem. We think it came about in the first leg against Dortmund. He was a little injured and if he can play in the cup final it means it isn’t a big injury”, he added about the forward.

Marcelo’s fitness
“The squad is thin now due to injuries, not for workload. Lots of sides are the same because there are a lot of games thick and fast. PSG, Barcelona, Chelsea Atlético also have these problems. Marcelo will be back soon”.

The quarterfinal second leg against Dortmund
“We played badly and luckily we got through because of our good game in the first leg. You have to think about knockout games over two legs. We have to consider the two games because we prepared the trap in the first tie and them in the second. There was too much criticising of the side”.

“We don’t have problems and we know what went wrong in Dortmund. We will work on it and make sure it doesn’t happen again, but this game doesn’t matter as we’re now in the semi-finals. The key was the penalty that we missed and then after that we lost strength. This is what happened. We gave them two goals, but the side reacted well in the second half”.

“The surprise of these four sides in Atlético. They are having a terrific season and it is an even semi-final. They play a similar system and it will be a very even semi-final”.

The following players were called up:

Goalkeepers : Casillas, Diego López and Jesús Fernández.
Defenders : Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Nacho and Llorente.
Midfielders : Bale, Casemiro, Modric, Di Maria, Isco, Illarra, Lucas Vazquez and Mascarell.
Forwards : Benzema, Morata and Willian José.

Everyone’s favorite Bond villain weighed in as well.


Butragueño: “It is one of the world’s best games”

“It is the fourth consecutive semi-final for Real Madrid and we want to get to the final”, said the director of Institutional Relations.

The draw held in Nyon pitted Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals. A very high level game of which the club’s director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño, said: “I think from a footballing point of view it is one of the best games in the world and I’m sure everyone all around the world will have eyes on the clash at the Bernabéu”.

“It is the fourth consecutive semi-final for Real Madrid and we want to get to the final. We know how difficult it is going to be but we have confidence in our players. Bayern are an extraordinary organisation. It is one of the most prestigious clubs around and the reigning champions. They have an incredible side on both a collective and individual level and will be a tremendous opponent for us”.

Utmost desire to go to Lisbon
“The motivation is for the competition, which is the most prestigious. Real Madrid is what it is thanks to the European Cup. We are in the semis, one step away from the final. We have got through to four consecutive semi-finals and this has merit. Hopefully this year we can do it. We have a very strong rival in our way but it is an extra incentive to give our best”.

“It is going to be a great game for the fans and for football in general.”

“Two years ago we thought we could get to the final. We lost 2-1 in the last minute in Germany and in Madrid we won with the same scoreline but went out on penalties. Now we have new players, the sides are different with new coaches”.

“It is certain that there is history. They are two magnificent stadiums, with two sides amongst the best in the world, clubs with enormous tradition in this competition, with top quality players… It will be a magnificent game”.

Iker took part in a Samsung event today and looked very handsome. (Video)


Casillas: “The objective will be to knock out the current holders of the Champions League”

“Bayern have top players but we will give everything to get to the final in Lisbon”, said the Real Madrid captain.

After the final training session before the league game against Almería, Iker Casillas fronted an act for Samsung at In Zalacaín. The Real Madrid captain spoke about the attitude of The Whites: “The side are fine, although recently we have had some unfortunate injuries. Now is the most important part of the season and we have a big enough squad to go for all three titles. We go game by game”.

“Against Bayern it will be an attractive game because they’re a tough rival and the current Champions League holders. We have to try and beat the reigning champions. They have great players but we’re going to give our all to get to the final in Lisbon. We have a bit of a scare in Dortmund, but we will play an exciting game and hopefully it goes our way”.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury
“He’s a big miss. We can’t have him tomorrow and possibility not for the cup final either. We want him to get better as soon as possible and the coach will prepare to beat Almería, which won’t be easy as they’re fighting for survival. The cup final will be nice as it’s against Barcelona and we want to win the title”.

“With the goals he gives us and his presence, Cristiano imposes himself on the opponent and is important for us. He will know if he’s going to be fit for the final. If he’s better he will be the first to know. Tomorrow he won’t be there but hopefully we can win the game as we have a league where we’re off the pace, but we want to win to go back up to first”.

– Lozil

2 Responses to “Friday = Lots of Talking & The Obligatory Manpile”

  1. mygypsyspirit April 12, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    I think manpiling is Sergio’s way of dealing with the draw…

    • Laura Witrak April 12, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      “Show me on the doll” continues to crack me up. He and Arbeola (Areola) should start selling time slots to man pile people. They would make millions.

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