Sunday & Monday Catch Up

11 May

Satellite (5)Howdy all! Sorry I deserted you yesterday. I was off on a road trip to see the New York Cosmos with watishistas Shigs, mygypsyspirit, DK, SK and watisisto AS. We had a fun journey spent giggling over Mesut’s fashion drama (Me to MGS last night: “He looks like an Amish rent boy.”) and some impromptu awesome tailgating.

We came home exhausted and very sunburned. But we saw Raul score and post-match stood 6 inches away from El Angel so it was absolutely worth it. He’s even more beautiful in person, you guys.  Being that close to one of RM’s most beloved legends, hell, a footballing legend was very emotional. I’m not ashamed to say I got a bit weepy afterward. He is perfect in every way. That said, I roasted like a rotisserie chicken out there, sitting out on Hofstra’s shiny silver benches which just radiated the heat back at us. Both MGS and I look a sight today. But RAUL!!!!!! Before the game we got laughing. MGS said she was concerned that our pasty white legs would blind Raul. I pointed out that seeing as he worked with Iker for so many years, he was probably immune. Needless to say, we weren’t pale for long. I WAS WEARING 100 SPF SUNBLOCK AND I STILL LOOK LIKE A TOMATO. Argh. Enough about our pale person problems.

The team had a training session yesterday where the outfield starters from the Valencia match (UGH) worked indoors.  The following players were on the pitch: Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Lucas Silva, Benzema, Jesé, Arbeloa, Iker, Dani Pacheco, Keylor Navas along with Burgui and Diego Llorente of Castilla. Cris & Isco came out to do some running.


The team continued their prep for the Juve game today. Toni worked with the team for the first part of the session. Gareth, Luka and Sami worked out indoors. (Training video)

Interview

Satellite (13)FROM REALMADRID.COM

Carvajal: “Our fans will be the 12th man against Juventus”

“If we keep calm and have a lot of patience, the game will go our way”, he added.

Carvajal analysed the second leg of the Champions League semi-final for Bwin. The full-back explained the key aspects to achieving a place on the final in Berlin: “We have to win, that is crucial. We especially need to keep a cool head, be patient, and not go crazy. The game lasts for 90 minutes, we have to try and make the time go really slowly for Juve so that they suffer without the ball”.

“These are matches where once the ball gets rolling, you focus on playing, eleven against eleven. On Wednesday we will feel the warmth of our fans, who will surely be our 12th man, and if we score a lot of goals, this factor will have an important role for the first one”

Playing against Morata
“I am really happy to be playing against a friend in the semi-final of the Champions League. I find it really strange to be facing him, and having to mark him and defend against him in some moves…I think it is a disadvantage because he is a great player and the truth is that he is really dangerous”.

The game in Turin
“It has to be enough for us. They created danger when we lost the ball or because of our errors. I believe that if we stay calm, remain really patient and make them move, then the game will go our way”.

“We have to make the game feel really long for Juve so they suffer without the ball.”

“After the game, the manager and players’ feelings were clear. We could not commit so many errors on easy passes, in relatively easy deliveries, because we breathed life into them in that regard”.

The importance of James
“James is one of the most important members of the squad at the moment. He is playing spectacularly, you can see that from game to game. We are all trying to make our own little contribution, and I hope we have a great game and qualify for Berlin”.

Benzema
“We all know Karim, he is a fantastic player, a 9 that offers us a lot and I hope he will make it back in time for the game on Wednesday. If the manager decides that he can do his bit then he will surely be important”.

Cristiano, the best player in the world
“In my opinion, yes, I don’t believe there is anyone else like him”.

If there are penalties, would you ask to take one?
“Yes, without a doubt. I think that at times like that you have to take a step forward and be brave because you never know if you will get the opportunity to hit another penalty”.

There’s been a brief update on the Seasonus Interruptus situation. The LFP has filed action against the AFE about the legality of their proposed strike. Both parties will be in court on Wednesday with a decision possibly either coming that same day or Thursday. Business Insider is reporting that the football strike could cause revenue losses of 50 million Euros ($56 million) per match day. Argh.

And finally, congrats to Zizou who earned his UEFA Pro coaching license on Saturday.

– Lozil

2 Responses to “Sunday & Monday Catch Up”

  1. mygypsyspirit May 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I won’t lie… I’m still laying in bed alternating between super hot because fabric is touching my sunburn, and cold because the fan is blowing on my sunburn. SO WORTH IT! #DreamyRaul

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