Thursday Training, SMH & An Ikerview

30 Apr
AA: Scores goal for team, still slagged off.

AA: Scores goal for team, *still* slagged off. At least he’s got those fine arms to console himself.

I’ve got a lot to say about the nasty commentary that was leveled at Arbeloa after he scored yesterday but I don’t have time at the moment to go into it so I’ll just let my grumpy tweets from yesterday speak for themselves.


Arbie tweet 1Arbie tweet 2

For all the people who claim to love this team, I’m starting to think that what they really mean is “I don’t love the *team* I just love a few individuals that I deem worthy by some nebulous criteria and the rest are just background noise.” Hey, I don’t always like every player on the squad but when they score a goal for my team, I at least give them credit or I don’t say anything. Restraint: perhaps some people should learn it. The pettiness  leveled at Arbeloa, Iker or whomever is the scapegoat du jour (Gareth, James, Cris, etc.) is ridiculous. And don’t get me started about the people who take their harassment campaign to players’ Facebook, Instagram, etc. Hurling abuse at Arbeloa, hoping Iker’s son dies, making nasty comments to their families, etc. is disgusting and unconscionable behavior. Do you know that there are still a large contingent of Cristiano Ronaldo “fans” who pepper every single post that Irina Shayk makes on her social media with “NO RONALDO NO LIKE” and a host of other nasty comments. Just because she and Cris decided to end their relationship! WTF?!?!?! I don’t understand this obnoxious mob mentality. I have no interest in joining in the pile up on the latest target which seems to be the trend on social media. Ease the fuck up, people. The bullying needs to stop. I just find it so bewildering. If you’d like to know what it feels like for the players, perhaps you should read this piece from the blog of  the awesome Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of  Oakland A’s relief pitcher Sean Doolittle. Read the whole thing. It’s eye opening. And you wonder why these players get the yips. Sheesh.

Anyhow, I have to finish some work before I can go to sleep tonight I’ll have to cut my rant short (I’m sure you’re more than happy about that) but please people, really think about what you’re saying/doing. It doesn’t take that much effort to be kind or at the very least, refrain from being a dick. It really doesn’t. Less of the Mean Girls shit and more “Go team!” would help create a more positive atmosphere in this fandom which it sorely needs.

The team trained again today. Toni & Arbie did running drills while the other 9 outfield players who started against Almeria worked indoors. The rest of the team were on the pitch along with academy players Javi Muñoz, Benavente, Mayoral and Marcos Lavín. The big news was that Gareth was well enough to join the gang. Hooray!



Casillas: “Our most important game is this Saturday’s against Sevilla”
by Alberto Navarro | Photographer: Antonio Villalba

“We want to make it difficult for Barcelona by picking up three hugely important points in our bid to win the La Liga title”, declared the captain.

Iker Casillas took part in a publicity event in which, after sending Asenjo a message of encouragement following his injury, he looked ahead to Saturday’s game against Sevilla in the Sánchez Pizjuán: “It will be very tough, just as all our remaining fixtures will be. Saturday’s match is our most important. They are a very strong side at home and have been solid throughout the season. They are also fighting for a Champions League place and are through the semi-finals of the Europa League. It will be a fantastic game for the neutrals, but there are three vital points up for grabs as we need to win all our games and hope that Barcelona slip up”.

“We want to make it difficult for Barcelona by picking up three hugely important points in our bid to win the La Liga title. We need to continue winning and wait for Barcelona to make a mistake. Córdoba, like Sevilla, also have a lot to play for”.

His memorable save in the Sánchez Pizjuán
“That was a moment of blind faith more than anything else. You try to tell yourself that you can make it to the ball. I threw myself at it and managed to get a hand to the shot. I had the belief that I could run from one post to the next in order to reach it”.

Semi-finals against Juventus
“The good news is that two teams with great players and a very high level of footballing ability are facing off against each other. Both sides have their own unique playing style and it will be an exciting tie, as the other semi-final will be. It will be a great game to watch”.

“Winning a second successive Champions League title has never been achieved before and it is an exciting challenge.”

“Pirlo and Buffon are massive figures in world football and two stalwarts for their club and country. Every encounter I’ve had against them has been spectacular. Each game against them has contained joy and heartbreak”.

La Liga or the Champions League
“As the boss said the other day, the Champions League is completely in our hands while La Liga isn’t. We have a 25% chance of winning the Champions League and if you were to ask me to choose one title then it is clear that the Champions League is still in our hands. Obviously Real Madrid fans are particularly fond of the European Cup. If you’re asking me to pick one then I’d have to go with the Champions League”.

The most important moment of his career
“The European Cup in 2000. I went from playing in the third division to Spanish topflight and won that title. The World Cup was also unforgettable”.

The desire to win more titles
“Your mentality changes. When you’re young you have more hunger, then later on you enjoy having an extensive trophy cabinet and when you know you’re approaching the end of your playing career, you want to win games in order to make the fans happy. I’ve won a lot of titles and the joy and delight that gives the fans is just incredible”.

Sevilla is going to be tough, but I think we can do this. We just have to focus. We can’t have any of the sloppiness of yesterday’s match.

– Lozil

2 Responses to “Thursday Training, SMH & An Ikerview”

  1. futbolfan April 30, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    Just the general fanatic division(ya, it somehow still exists…) that pits Arbeloa and Iker “supporters” against each other is mind boggling. People are spewing vitriol fueled hate towards these guys for no good reason whatsoever. Its scary and utterly stupid. Just support the flipping team and put the petty need to bash the players aside.

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