Sami Returns To The Roster, A Cringeworthy Moment & A Trophy For Pipita, Calleti & Chori

3 May

Um, Sese, you should be talking to him about the beard not the hair.

First off, thanks for all the kind words. I’m doing okay today. Pretty achy but spent most of the day resting and sleeping. Staying off my feet helps. I have a cane now (thanks to San Shigs who brought that and a pizza ’round last night) so I’m going to try to hobble the two blocks to my local tomorrow to watch the match. We’ll see how that goes. 

The team had their final training today. Joining them was Castilla goalkeeper Jacob. Modric trained indoors and Jese continued his recovery. The big news is that Sami was called up after being out for 176 days! The last game he played in (November 9, 2013), he scored so let’s hope he plays and scores tomorrow!  (Training video)


Ancelotti: “We’ll fight to the end for La Liga”

“We’re not thinking about preparations for the Champions League, we’re thinking about Valencia”, said the Whites’ manager.

Real Madrid are setting aside their dream of a tenth European title for a few weeks to continue their battle for the Liga. Ancelotti spoke of the match against Valencia: “We’re not thinking about preparations for the Champions League. We’re thinking about Valencia and we’re going to fight to the end for the Liga. We know what happened to Valencia, I feel for them because losing at the end like that isn’t easy. We’re going to prepare as well as possible. They’re a good team, with quality and good football. We have to be very careful, it won’t be an easy match and we need to win. It’s very important that we maintain this intensity to the end”.

“I’ve decided what I’m going to do with the goalkeepers. Diego will play tomorrow, Iker on Wednesday. Then Diego will return against Celta and Iker will play against Espanyol. I’ve spoken to them and they’re both happy with it. Casillas needs to play this month. It didn’t seem right leaving him out for a month to prepare for the final”.

Khedira returns
“Modric didn’t train because he took a knock to the calf and he’s sidelined. Khedira will be available tomorrow, he’ll start on the bench. Arbeloa is unavailable, but he has started to train with the team this week. We’re going to put out our best side against Valencia”.

“We gave to be careful because beating Valencia won’t be easy.”

“We have to be cautious with Khedira. His recovery has been very good, he came back quickly and he’s well. He needs to play. He’ll start on the bench tomorrow and next week we’ll have a friendly in Valdebebas to help him get up to speed”.

Did you feel you were being questioned?
“It’s normal for the manager to take responsibility when things don’t go well. In football, when things go well it’s thanks to the players and when they don’t it’s the manager’s fault. When I’ve been criticised I’ve not worried about it. The beginning of the season wasn’t easy; we needed to find a balance and when we found it things went better. Now the fans have more confidence in my idea of football”.

Replacement for Alonso in the Champions League final
“The most obvious replacement is Illarra because he has that ability and habit of playing in that position. The candidate is Illarra, but we’re going to appeal against Xabi Alonso’s card and we hope they’ll withdraw it.”

“They played very well against Chelsea. And Barcelona before that. It’s a solid team, with a lot of desire and great individual quality. They have players who are among the best in Europe. We don’t expect them to slip up, we expect to have to win the game ourselves. If Atlético get the two victories they need to win the Liga we’ll congratulate them. We’re not talking about bonuses here. I’m not interested. Levante are going to try to play their game. It’s something I don’t understand”.

The following players were called up:

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

So moving on to some other things, I found myself cringing with second hand embarrassment when Mesut posted this on Instagram today.

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Me & My Bro M1Ö , SR4 #ramos#bro#best

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He captioned it “Me & My Bro M1Ö , SR4 #ramos#bro#best”  Yeah it’s sweet and all of that but I can’t get past the fact that he’ s looking around Tumblr for such things. ::headdesk::  Also could he be pining for Sergio more? He’d best hope he doesn’t run into Nando in London or there may be a catfight! I love how cartoon Sergio is shooting a cheesy finger gun while they fist bum. Classic Sese.

And congratulations to Pipita, Calleti & Chori who won the Coppa Italia today with Napoli. The game was marred by a shooting that happened where fans had gathered pre-match in which several people including Napoli supporters were injured. The match was delayed by 45 minutes but eventually went on. The team dedicated their win to the injured fans.

Calleti got some congrats from his twin brother Juanmi and El Pirata cheered on his former teammates as well.

Congrats to them (I MISS THEM ALL SO MUCH!) and also to watishista/Napoli fan extraordinare Maria Rosaria who takes such good care of our boys and support them every week. Forza Napoli!

– Lozil

2 Responses to “Sami Returns To The Roster, A Cringeworthy Moment & A Trophy For Pipita, Calleti & Chori”

  1. Maria Rosaria Damiano May 4, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    Ok, this looks so much Like one of those pics kidnappers send to families to prove that prisoners are alive, but, Hell, I’ m so totally drunk…

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