Ready For Villareal & Remembering Don Alfredo

26 Sep
Karim looks...determined.

Karim looks…determined.

Los Blancos take on Villareal at El Madrigal tomorrow. They had their final training today joined by Castilla’s Aguza and Rubén Yáñez.

That's a rather awkward position you've gotten yourself into, young man.

That’s a rather awkward position you’ve gotten yourself into, young man.


Ancelotti: “Cristiano is the best, he has character and plays like a leader”
by Javier Garcia

“Villarreal are a quick, dynamic team and it will be a difficult game,” added the coach.

Carlo Ancelotti analysed his side’s upcoming encounter at El Madrigal as he faced the media. The coach, who confirmed the absences of Coentrão and Pepe, had words of praise for Real Madrid’s opponents: “Last year we found life difficult against Villarreal. They’re a quick, dynamic team and are well-organised in their play.”

“It will be a difficult match and we’ll look to do everything we can. The opening stages of the match will be important; we need to start aggressively and with intensity like we did against Deportivo. I’m not going to give the line-up because we have a training session and afterwards I’ll decide.”

“It’s something that’s very good to have within the team. It makes the players train better so as to try to be in the team. At a big team, competition is necessary. We have a lot of matches and the same eleven players can’t always play. It would be a problem if there were a player who did not respect the coach’s decisions. In this squad there are no problems, the players are all very disciplined and respectful.”

Goals for and against
“The teams that have a better chance of winning trophies are those that are solid on the pitch. Not conceding goals is a good sign. At the end of last year we were solid and that’s why we won trophies. Looking for defensive solidity works to our advantage.”

Cristiano Ronaldo
“I came up against him when I was in charge at Milan. Thinking about how to stop him isn’t easy. It’s better to think that he isn’t going to be playing, so as to feel calmer. He’s the best in the world, without doubt. Marking the best player in the world isn’t easy. We are lucky enough that he plays in our team. He has character, desire and he plays like a leader.”

“Scoring goals will never be a problem for this team.”

“We have to do everything we can to keep Cristiano in this physical and mental condition. That will help us to win trophies. I don’t believe what is being reported about Cristiano leaving, it’s nonsense. He’s happy here, he’s motivated and the club and the fans are delighted with him. It’s nonsense.”

Bale returns to Villarreal
“Now he has the experience that he didn’t have last year. He’s well integrated within the team and is used to the style of play. He is very important for everyone and this year he can surpass what he did last year.”

The goalkeepers
“Playing with one goalkeeper at home and another away from home is not being contemplated. Keylor played the other day so as to give him minutes. Iker and Keylor get on well, I don’t know if they go out to dinner, but they respect one another.”

“I have very good attackers and good goalkeepers. I want to be supportive to all my players. I then have to choose a line-up, but I don’t think it’s fair to give a table of the best and the worst. I think that if Iker plays it’s because he’s the best.”

Alleged negative comments from Keylor about Vecchi
“What has been published makes no sense. Vecchi is the best goalkeeping coach in the world. He has more experience than anyone else. It’s a lie and it’s crazy.”

“Benzema shouldn’t be worried if a team-mate scores; he should be happy. This team has a lot of goals in it and Karim doesn’t have pressure on him to score goals. He has to help the team to play better and look for attacking solutions.”

Playing system
“I haven’t spoken about this with the players. They feel good when we have control and possession. And they aren’t comfortable when we lose the ball.”

The following players were called up:

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Keylor Navas and Pacheco.
Defenders: Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Arbeloa, Carvajal and Marcelo.
Midfielders: Modric, Kroos, Isco, Illarra, James, Bale and Aguza.
Forwards: Ronaldo, Benzema and Chicharito.

There’s also a video from yesterday’s official portrait session.

Last night a memorial mass was held for Alfredo Di Stefano at the Iglesia de los Sagrados Corazones, which is next to the Bernabeu. In attendance were Iker, Sergio, Arbeloa, Florentino, Hierro and Butragueño along with former RM players Santamaría, Zoco, Gento, Pachín and Martín Vázquez.

Seems to me that people in Spain are much more casual about attending what I w0uld consider as a formal occasion in casual clothing. Is this true, Spanish watishistas? Maybe I’m old skool, but I wouldn’t go to a memorial service or even church in jeans just as a matter of respect. Sigh. Well, at least Arbeloa wore a tie. And the most important thing is that they were there to pay their respects.

– Lozil

6 Responses to “Ready For Villareal & Remembering Don Alfredo”

  1. hkreizinger September 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I hate to ask this, but I got dropped into an independent living center (not my idea!) and they have basic cable. Do you or anyone know whether I can watch the match or any RM matches streaming online? You cannot believe how frustrated it is when you cannot do anything about it. They don’t allow us to add anything to the cable thing. Thanks for your help.

  2. realmadridlookbook September 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    I was wondering the same this about dress code at formal events- I remember Callejon wearing jeans and a polo to Perez’s wife’s funeral two years. I thought it was odd, but I guess its the norm (at least for footballers??)

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