Preparation For Atleti Continues Plus Talking With James and Raul

20 Apr

Satellite (8)The team continued training as we get ready to face Atleti on Wednesday. I am so not looking forward to that match.

Gareth’s medical report has been released. He worked out indoors with Lukita and Karim. And the team was joined in their session today by academy players Borja Mayoral and Febas.

Interviews

Satellite (10)FROM REALMADRID.COM

James: “The fans will give us an extra push to compete for every ball as if it were a cup final”

“If we play well, show intensity and stay completely focused, we’ll come away with an excellent result”, added the Colombian.

James Rodríguez spoke to the Bwin website as he looked ahead to the crucial Champions League match against Atlético. The midfielder discussed the keys to winning the derby and qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition: “We have to show intensity, be completely focused, play well, all stick together… I think that if we do that we’ll come away with an excellent result”.

“We’re all dreaming of getting through this round, and if I can score too that’d be great. What’s important is winning and getting through this tough match, which is going to be difficult, but we’re here at our home stadium and in front of our fans. I think it could be a great match”.

The fans
“They’re really important. We want them to get behind us. They’ll give us an extra push to help us win and will bring us all motivation to compete for every ball as if it were a cup final”.

Recovering his top form
“I think I have. When I got injured I was scoring goals and playing well, and now I think I’m at the same level. I want to carry on like this, helping out and pushing forward my characteristics to help the team to achieve big things”.

“We have to be patient, keep the ball, look for spaces and score goals.”

“Atlético are an intense team who are good at the back and are a unit. There’s always pressure here. You have to know how to handle it. We’re going to give everything to be able to win La Undécima”.

Ancelotti
“He’s a coach who instils a lot of confidence in his players. He knows how to manage them, he has been at big clubs and he has all the experience to be at a club like this, alongside so many stars too”.

His career at Real Madrid
“I want to go far, win trophies at this club and help the team to win them. I see myself being here for many years, to do so I have to be on form in every game. My dream is to be here for a very long time”.

What’s the best way of defining yourself?
“I want to score goals, I want to make things easy and help. Those are my most important characteristics and the two that most stand out”.

His development and that of Isco
“Both Isco and I have learned a lot. It’s true that we’re young and we still have a lot to learn, but we have developed a lot, in defensive work and also in attack”.

And The Cauldron had this great piece written by Raul talking about his decision to come to the NY Cosmos: Re-Born In The USA It’s a must read! There were some great pictures with the article as well.

Our crew is planning on making the pilgrimage to see Raul in action in a few weeks. I’m so excited!

– Lozil

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