Ready To Take On Atleti!

14 Jan

Satellite (5)Dunno why but for some reason this picture just reminded me of ribbon candy. Hmmmm, must be all the mind altering cold drugs I’m on.

So yeah, that’s where I’ve been for the past few days. My weekend in the mountains was lovely until I woke up on Sunday morning snuffling and everything descended into a congested fever dream. I’m finally starting to come out of it. That’s what I get for leaving the city and breathing fresh air, damn it.

Anyhow, tomorrow we face Atleti and need to pull off a remontada. The last training was held today, joined by Álvaro Medrán and Real Madrid C goalkeeper Álex Craninx. All the usual suspects were on the pitch except for Arbeloa who trained indoors and Modric who is still in recovery.




Ancelotti: “We have 90 minutes to turn it around and we have to be patient”
by Javier Garcia | Photographer: Angel Martinez

“Derbies are always very important for the fans, and the atmosphere is going to be really special”, he added.

Carlo Ancelotti analysed Thursday’s match against Atlético, which sees Real Madrid out to turn around the sides’ Copa del Rey last-16 tie: “We know how to play against Atlético. We know each other very well, we need a match with intensity and to have cool heads. We have 90 minutes to turn it around, we have to be patient. We’re playing against a team that defends very well and is very organised, the best team in Europe in defence.”

“Balance is key to winning. It’s an important match in an important moment of the season. We have to be calm, because only then will we produce our best. It’s clear that Atlético are going to play an intense match. It’s one of the key factors in trying to win.”

“It will be an even match, as always. We are behind in the tie and we’ll try to fix that in this game. We don’t need to change our style. The word ‘aggressive’ can be understood in many ways. Defensive aggression is important to win back the ball when you don’t have it. It’s an important and positive word in football.”

“It’s a derby, and derbies are very important for the fans. We need to come back from the result of the first leg and the atmosphere is going to be really special for us. We’re raring to put in a good match and to qualify for the quarter-finals.”

Atlético: the trickiest opponent
“I’m not the only one who thinks that Atlético are the trickiest. They won La Liga and got to the final of the Champions League. The whole of Europe thinks so, not just me. Last year I really liked Miranda, Koke, Diego Costa, Juanfran, Courtois… A team that gets to the final of the Champions League has had a very good season.”

Attacking solutions
“It isn’t a problem of players. We have to offer something different to have more solutions than in the first leg. In the first leg, we found it difficult to play between the lines and with penetration. It’s a problem of movement and collective work.”

“We need intensity and to have cool heads.”

“We’re not going to change what we’re doing on attacking set-pieces, because we’re very dangerous and we’ve scored a lot of goals from dead-ball situations. We have to do something different in defence, because they are very dangerous on set-pieces.”

“He’s ready to play from the start, he’s totally recovered. The whole team is in good shape, I still haven’t decided on the line-up but everyone has had time to recover.”

“Each game has its own story. Tomorrow will be a different story to that game. Barcelona played very well and with a lot of intensity in the first half.”

Cristiano and the Ballon d’Or
“For him, individual awards are a source of motivation. Tomorrow he’ll start thinking about the fourth Ballon d’Or.”

Cristiano’s future
“If a player said that he doesn’t know where he’ll play next year, I would ask him what his intentions were. If Cristiano said that, I would ask him.”

Can you imagine Messi and Cristiano playing together?
“I think so. But we have to keep in mind that Cristiano is the standard bearer at Real Madrid and Messi at Barcelona. Having both in the same team would be a great thing, but it’s hard to imagine that they’re going to move clubs.”

“He returned here on Monday. He’s starting to do physical work and I think he has a month to go before returning to the team. The players who have taken his place have done very well. Everyone is talking about Isco.”

“Their relationship is excellent. I’ve seen the passage of play from the other day and I thought it was difficult to pass the ball. I don’t need to talk to Gareth about that. He’s doing very well, he played a fantastic match against Espanyol. He is in top physical condition and I think he’ll have a great match against Atlético.”

History of Real Madrid
“I know the Real Madrid Museum. It’s a positive emotion, a source of motivation every day. What we’ve achieved serves as a memento and as a source of motivation for what we’re going to do in the future. The future of Real Madrid is in our hands and we’re going to give our all to make the club’s future even greater.”

The following players were called up for the match:

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

And this week’s match promo has a head scratchingly low key music accompaniment. We need something to get us pumped up!

Here’s some other things from the past few days.

Cris shared the Ballon d’Or with his teammates yesterday and all the award winners posed with the team.

Tuesday Training

Monday Training

Here’s some video from the trip back from Zurich and Keylor had an interview with BWIN. And Isco is getting his model on! (Via FekStudios)
B7TU1EmCMAErzY1Thats’s me somewhat (vaguely) caught up for the last few days. Crossing all my fingers and toes for a victory tomorrow.

– Lozil


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