Carlo Presser, Call Ups & A History Lesson

16 May

CarlitoThe Mister the press today. He seemed relaxed and ready for the last match of the Liga.


Ancelotti: “The fans are going to show us their support to help us prepare for the final”
by Alberto Navarro

“We want to play well in the last home game of the season and with a lot of intensity”, declared the Real Madrid manager in the pressroom.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke with the press ahead of the La Liga fixture with Espanyol. The Italian coach, who confirmed that “Cristiano Ronaldo will play because he is available and doesn’t have any problems”, spoke about the last game of the season: “There should be a great atmosphere in order to help the team prepare for the final. We will play with lots of intensity because it is our last match in front of our fans. I expect a very good atmosphere. The fans are going to show their support and love in order to get the team ready for the final. We want to show that we are going to play well and with lots of intensity in the last game of the season”.

“I will announce the team tomorrow. Pepe, Jesé and Diego López are the only players unavailable. We are going to give Khedira a run out because he needs it after being out for a while. He played well in Vigo for an hour and didn’t have any problems afterwards. He could be an option for the Champions League final”.

The title-deciding La Liga match
“It will be a tough and interesting match. The best thing would be that the team that wins La Liga is the one that deserves to win the match, but we are only concerned with our own games. It is important that we continue with what we have been doing this week, with a good atmosphere during the training sessions and with an air of excitement surrounding us. That is all we are worried about: preparing the training sessions well and then I’ll announce the lineup the day before the match”.

“We have the required amount of intensity and level-headedness to play in a Champions League final.”

“We have to approach the week leading up to the final in as normal a way as possible. We have to remain calm enough to prepare ourselves for it well. Almost all the players have recovered from their injuries in time and that is important. We are not going to do anything out of the ordinary”.

The video and team talk before the final of the European Cup
“It would take a long time to prepare a video of everything we’ve achieved to date in the Champions League and we have to make a video that captures the players’ attention”.

Illarra’s work
“He’s our first choice for the final. We signed him to play there and he’s used to playing in that position. I haven’t changed my mind. He’s a player who has the quality needed to play in every match, whether it’s important or not. He didn’t play at first, but we were happy with his work and next year he’s going to be better. He has enough quality to play a final”.

The absence of Diego López
“He has a niggle which is why we let him rest for a few days. It’s wear and tear and we’ve let him take a break. He has only missed two training sessions all year and he has never had any problems before”.

Praise for Zidane
“He’s learning his trade as a coach and he has charisma and the quality to do it. He knows how to motivate the players and he’s ready to train any team, but it’s a decision for him to make. I hope he stays here so we can continue to work together”.

Marks for his first season
“I don’t like giving myself marks. I have a personal opinion on my work and I’ll give it after the game in Lisbon. The marks have to come, above all and in this order, from the club, the players and then the media”.

The following players were called up for the match:

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

The mothership decided to do a little series of how we won our previous 9 European Cup/Champion League trophies. I love this idea. It’s a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of the club and learn more about the history.


How the first European Cup was won

The Whites picked up their first silverware in the competition by beating Stade de Reims in the final.

The first European Cup in history went to the Whites of Madrid. The club, through the work of Santiago Bernabéu, helped get the new competition up and running and began to enjoy a much bigger international impact on the back of such a successful inaugural edition.

Real Madrid made their debut in the competition on the 8th of September 1955 against Servette in Geneva. Miguel Muñoz was the first player to score for the Whites in the European Cup. After sending the Swiss side out, the next rivals standing in their path of the decisive match in Paris were Partizan and AC Milan.

The Grand final
The Parc des Princes was the venue as the side was crowned the new King of Europe. Real Madrid produced a show of strength to cancel out the French side’s two goals in the opening 10 minutes, and then came back from Hidalgo’s strike. In a legendary final, Marquitos and Rial scored the goals that made it 4-3 to ensure the first European Cup took pride of place in the Real Madrid trophy cabinet.

4- Real Madrid: Alonso, Atienza, Marquitos, Lesmes, Muñoz, Zárraga, Joseíto, Marsal, Di Stefano, Rial and Gento.
3- Stade Reims: Jacquet, Zimny, Jonquet, Giraudo, Leblond, Siatka, Hidalgo, Glovacki, Kopa, Bliard and Templin.

0-1 (min. 6): Leblond.
0-2 (min.10): Templin.
1-2 (min. 14: Di Stéfano.
2-2 (min. 30): Rial.
2-3 (min. 62): Hidalgo.
3-3 (min. 67): Marquitos.
4-3 (min. 79): Rial.

Referee: Arthur Ellis (England).
Venue: Parc des Princes (Paris).
Date: 13/06/1956.


How the second European Cup was won

Real Madrid saw off Fiorentina in the Santiago Bernabéu.

Real Madrid defended their title as European champions and also added Raymond Kopa to the squad in the 1956/57 season. In order to win the title, the Whites had to overcome Rapid Vienna in a tough first round tie, which needed to be decided with a playoff match. Following that they played Nice and Manchester United in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

The final was held in the Santiago Bernabéu and ended with Real Madrid celebrations. Fiorentina stiffled the home side’s attack until midway through the second half, when Di Stéfano made it 1-0 from the penalty spot. Gento took just six minutes to double the lead and thereby sealed Real Madrid’s status as the best team on the continent. The squad did a lap of honour to receive the applause of the Bernabéu.

2- Real Madrid: Alonso, Torres, Marquitos, Lesmes, Muñoz, Zárraga, Kopa, Mateos, Di Stefano, Rial and Gento.
0- Fiorentina: Sarti, Magnini, Orzan, Cervato, Scaramucci, Bizzarri, Segato, Julinho, Gratton, Virgili and Montuori.

1-0 (min. 70): Di Stéfano.
2-0 (min. 76): Gento.

Referee: Leo Horn (Holland).
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid).
Date: 30/05/1957.

I’ll post the other ones when they are released. Motivation!

– Lozil

One Response to “Carlo Presser, Call Ups & A History Lesson”

  1. jellyace May 17, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Di Stefano, that lil’ ol man in the wheelchair…what a legend he was!

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