One Day Till The Semi Finals & More Awards!

15 Dec

Satellite (18)The team had their last training before meeting Cruz Azul in the Club World Cup semi-finals tomorrow. The team trained in Rabat with over 1,000 fans in attendance. The match, however, will be played in Marrakech.



Ancelotti: “We want to cap of an unforgettable year by winning this competition”
by Alberto Navarro (Rabat)

“It is a great competition and we are motivated to win the title”, added the coach.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the press room in the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on the eve of the Cruz Azul game. The manager looked ahead to the Club World Cup: “The year is not over. We still have this competition, which is important. We are heading into it with a lot of excitement because we have done great work to get here. All the teams are champions and winning would mean putting an end to an unforgettable year.”

“The champions of the world are here, and all the teams deserve to be playing this competition. It is a great contest and we are excited about it. The problem is getting here. A lot of the teams will be watching the tournament on tv.”

Cruz Azul
“They are a quality side with experienced players who have played in Spain and are already familiar with our style. It is a semi-final and every team is dangerous at this level. It will be an intense match.”

“They play good football, playing to the strengths of their players. We are delighted to be able to play here and that is a great motivating factor which will spur us on to keep the fans happy in Morocco.”

Consequences should they lose
“I haven’t thought about that. We aren’t thinking about losing, only about playing at our best in order to win the competition. The team is doing well because we have been able to cope with the absences of players like Modric and James. I don’t think either Khedira or James will be ready by tomorrow, but will definitely be good to go for the next match.”

“We want to continue working in order to win more titles for our fans.”

“Fitness is very good and we head into this strong both mentally and physically. I am happy to be training this club and these players. Together we picked up a fantastic title, but we want to keep working in order to win more.”

Change of venue
“It’s a good thing because it is a semi-final of a global competition and it has to be played on good grass. I think it will be a good pitch for a good game. We didn’t ask for a change of venue. We got the news from the organisers and now we are preparing to play in Marrakech.”

Praising the centre halves
“We have four players who are great both individually and collectively. All four could play for any team in the world. We are lucky in that sense and we have to value the work the whole team is doing so that the centre backs are made to work less. They are the best four centre halves in the world.”

Chicharito’s time to shine
“He is motivated, as always, and is working hard daily. He will play and important role. I’m not sure how many minutes he’ll play but I’m sure he’ll help the team out in the tournament.”

Greater La Liga lead
“We are having a good spell in La Liga. We don’t look at how other teams are doing, instead we want to continue our own run of form. We have had this competition in mind for a long time and are highly motivated for it.”

Champions League draw
“We got the same team as last year, but we’re not thinking about that for now, only in Cruz Azul game.”

Ramos’s contract renewal
“I know the club wants to renew the contract and that Sergio wants to stay. Everyone has their own opinions and they are free to express them”.

Satellite19Pepe: “We are in great shape to play the Club World Cup”
by Alberto Navarro (Rabat)

“We are having a spectacular season and we want to stay on the same track”, indicated the defender.

Pepe spoke to the press with little over 24 hours to go until Real Madrid take on Cruz Azul in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup. The defender spoke about the match against the Mexican side: “We are good physically and have come here in good shape to carry out our work and will be trying to demonstrate that tomorrow. We are having a spectacular season and we want to stay on the same track.”

“We are excited to play in this Club World Cup. It is the first Club World Cup a lot of us have played in. It is a very important occasion and we are going to approach it with every intention of winning. We have a lot of respect for the opposition and we will stick to our plan in order to win.”

Analysing of Cruz Azul
“They are a quality team and work hard. They have a lot of ex-La Liga players, but we must focus on our own work in order to win. Our history gives us an advantage. We have to recognise that and work with humility. We want to end the year positively.”

“The winner is the best team in the world and we are excited for that to be us.”

“We come here on the back of winning the Champions League and we want to make our supporters happy by lifting the Club World Cup and closing out the year in the best way possible. We have a lot of quality in the squad and we are putting in a lot of hard work on the pitch. We have all the ingredients to play well in the semi-final and have a good Club World Cup. We will face each game with humility and with respect for our rivals.”

Change of venue
“We were training when the news about the change of venue came to us. The most important thing is that we have the best conditions to play the match and that the fans are able to enjoy the quality we will be bringing to the pitch. The best thing is that both teams have the best conditions and that the fans are happy with what we do on the pitch.”

Reception in Rabat
“We want to thank everyone who greeted us at the airport and those at our hotel who have been encouraging us. We are delighted with the reception and we are hoping, with a bit of luck, to win tomorrow’s game.”

And more awards have been heaped on our boys.
Satellite (16)Cristiano was voted ‘BBC Overseas Sports Personality for 2014’ by BBC Sports. He beat out tennis ace Serena Williams, Spanish Grand Prix motorcyclist Marc Márquez and boxer Floyd Mayweather in the voting. Not too shabby.

Satellite (1)And Karim, wearing a denim shirt embroidered with colorful flowers, as you do, was named Best French Player of 2014 by France Football magazine. The award was presented by Carletto, Flotsam & Jetsam. Fabulous!

Isco is La Razón’s cover boy and he’s looking delicious. Magico indeed!


– Lozil

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