Time For Malaga

28 Nov

Satellite (3)The team had their final training before tomorrow’s match vs. Malaga.

Carlo’s Presser

Satellite (9)

Ancelotti: “To win at Málaga we need to be on top form”
by Alberto Navarro

“We have to keep the run going to continue as leaders,” he added.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media in the Ciudad Real Madrid press room on the eve of the La Liga match against Málaga. The Italian coach looked ahead to Saturday’s encounter at La Rosaleda: “It’s going to be a very difficult match, because we’re up against a team that are having a fantastic season and are in very good shape. Before the defeat to Atlético, they won five matches in a row. We really have to be on our guard and if we want to win we need to be on top form.”

“Our style doesn’t change whether we’re away or at home, and we don’t talk about the possibility of setting a new record for wins. We only try to prepare each game and think about our opponent. It’s going to be a difficult match and we need to perform well. We have to keep the run going to continue as leaders.”

Isco’s return to face Málaga
“He’s happy about returning to Málaga, and the fans there will see a player who is more mature and has more experience. He’ll show his quality.”

Resting Kroos
“He’s going to play at Málaga. He might be a bit tired, but tomorrow we need him. He’ll rest next week. We have a replacement in Illarra, who is the most suitable player to come in for him. He has returned from an injury and played very well in the match against Basel.”

“The team has improved physically and the has given us confidence.”

“The team doesn’t look tired to me. They have recovered well from the match against Basel and we don’t need to rotate. Kroos might be a bit tired and next week, in our match in the Copa, we’ll make some rotations.”

Bale
“He’s in very good shape. He doesn’t have any problem and is committed to helping the team to win.”

Platini’s comments on the Ballon d’Or
“He is the president of UEFA and in his position I don’t think it’s right for him to give his opinion on this matter.”

Praise for Casillas
“He doesn’t have any problem. He is playing very well in his matches: focused and assured. He is a calm player who has his responsibilities. He is disciplined and works and helps the team. I see the same Casillas as always.”

Khedira
“He still isn’t ready to play. He needs a few days’ work and I think he’ll be ready for next week. We haven’t thought about any players for the winter transfer window. We’re continuing with the plan of bringing in Medrán, who is very young. Khedira has a very small problem in his back and will recover soon.”

“The club’s desire is to talk to him about a contract renewal. It’s a negotiation and I don’t know what will happen. He is player that I have a lot of confidence in. He has had a lot of physical problems and I hope that he leaves them behind soon and plays.”

Messi
“At the moment he is showing his immense talent. He is a fantastic player and I don’t want to talk about what Barcelona are doing concerning the Ballon d’Or. I only look at the most recent games and Messi has played very well.”

Valencia-Barcelona’s La Liga clash
“It’ll be an interesting game, but it isn’t going to decide anything at the moment.”

The following players were called up:

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Keylor Navas and Pacheco.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa and Nacho.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Bale, Illarra, Isco and M. Llorente.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Chicharito.

Congrats to the midfielders that made the short list for FIFA FIFPro World XI – 6 of our current or former players have been nominated.

Xabi Alonso (Spain), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Xavi Hernandez (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Luka Modric (Croatia), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Paul Pogba (France), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast), Arturo Vidal (Chile).

In other international news, UEFA president and noted douchebag Michel Platini has been shooting his mouth off again. He suggested that a member of the German National Team and not Cristiano should win the Ballon D’Or.  As you can imagine, RM and The Peez did not take this sitting down and issued an official announcement.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT | 28/11/2014

In view of the declarations made by the president of UEFA, Michel Platini, concerning the winner of the Ballon d’Or, Real Madrid C. F. would like to outline:

Firstly, its surprise at the repeated declarations regarding his personal preferences over the choice of the winner of the Ballon d’Or, particularly given that he is the head of European football’s principal body, where our understanding is that the strictest impartiality should prevail.

Secondly, the Ballon d’Or is an individual rather than collective prize which is awarded annually to the best player in the world, and we believe that, in order to maintain its prestige, those who participate in the vote should take into account exclusively the individual professional achievements of the players.

Finally, we believe that Cristiano Ronaldo has without doubt had his best ever professional year individually, and has claimed the Champions League, the Golden Shoe and the record for the highest goalscorer in an edition of the Champions League, as well as the Copa del Rey and the top-scorer award in La Liga. In the current season, he has won the European Super Cup, scoring both goals in the match, and is achieving spectacular figures such as his 20 goals in the first 12 matchdays of La Liga, which confirm his great moment of form and ensure that, more than ever, he is deserving of the Ballon d’Or.

Sigh. Always with the drama. Anyhow, we have something extra fun to look forward to on Monday. The Audis are delivered!

– Lozil

2 Responses to “Time For Malaga”

  1. Christine November 29, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    As always this will be a tough one for me… Malaga is always in my heart, may not be able to watch this one. Le sigh!

  2. jellyace November 30, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    I was stuck in a major traffic jam and the car in front of me was an Audi R8. And I kept thinking “this is Cristiano’s car!”

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