Another Final, Another Trophy

31 Jul
Satellite (18)

Our capi holding the latest addition to the trophy cabinet

They did it again! RM beat AC Milan 10-9 in penalty kicks to win the International Champions Cup China. Hurrah!

Karim apparently celebrated by wearing a diaper.

Karim apparently celebrated by wearing a diaper.

The penalty breakdown went like this:

1-0: James.
1-1: De Jong.
2-1: Marcelo.
2-2: Matri.
3-2: Casemiro.
3-2: Bacca, misses.
4-2: Sergio Ramos.
4-3: Honda.
4-3: Kroos, Donnarumma saves.
4-4: Luiz Adriano.
5-4: Carvajal.
5-5: Montolivo.
6-5: Nacho.
6-6: Zapata.
7-6: Cheryshev.
7-7: Mauri.
8-7: Isco.
8-8: Calabria.
9-8: Jesé.
9-9: Paletta.
10-9: Kiko Casilla.
10-9: Donnarumma, Kiko Casilla saves.

Satellite (20)Crispy took home another Man of the Match gong and wowed all assembled with some sex-ay back heel action. Cheeky bugger.

Post-Match Remarks


Benítez: “The overall assessment of the tour is very positive”
by Alberto Navarro (Shanghai) | Photographer: Helios de la Rubia/Antonio Villalba

“The team deserves praise for its attitude, for its good play and for the results it has picked up”, he said.

Rafa Benítez analysed the International Champions Cup match against Milan, which saw the Whites claim victory on penalties to win the tournament: “This match is the end of the tour, with extreme heat, the pitch was difficult and we were up against a new team that had been waiting for us here for seven days”.

“The overall assessment is very positive on a tour of these characteristics. The team deserves praise for its attitude, for its good play and for the results it has picked up”.

“I had a good goalkeeper in the first half (Keylor Navas), another in the second (Kiko Casilla) and a third waiting, and in case that’s misinterpreted I mean the lad on the bench. I reiterate that we have to keep on working and things will steadily take shape”.

“The squad we have is a good one, I have to work with them and if anyone comes in they’ll be a welcome addition, but they have to improve what we currently have. Have I asked for anyone? My conversations with the board are private”.

“The message to the fan is that we’re going to work hard and show desire.”

“We knew the characteristics of the team. In some passages they’ve shown good bite in attack and we’re steadily making adjustments in defence so as not to concede goals. It’s important that we continue to score goals and avoid letting any in. We’ve had some very good passages during the tour”.

Starting eleven
“I like to work with my squad. We’ll try to make sure that those who can improve continue to do so, that everyone continues to grow. We know that some are more important than others, but we want those who are aren’t so important right now to be important during the season”.

“He’s a player who attacks the space, who moves well between the lines and who gives us a lot of firepower up front”.

“The message is pretty clear: we’re going to work hard, we’re going to show desire and we’re going to be all out to do the right things, showing common sense, and from there the quality of the players is what makes the difference”.

Player Comments

Casilla: “It’s important to win and play at a high level”
by Alberto Navarro (Shanghai) | Photographer: Helios de la Rubia/Antonio Villalba

“We’ve really enjoyed being in China, we’re happy to win another trophy in preseason”, said Modric.

Kiko Casilla starred in the victory over AC Milan stopping the final penalty and he summed up the team’s work in the tour of Australia and China saying: “These are tournaments that we love to play because they help us prepare for the season, which is going to be long, the tournaments are always better when you win and play well. I was last in the penalty shootout and I managed to save one and score one. I’m old enough not to let the pressure get to me”.

“Now we have to train and work hard every day. Being here is like winning a prize for me and I want to do the best I can. I’m just another player in the team and my plan is to work hard. I’m going to do the best I can, help the team to the best of my ability and after that let whoever has to decide, decide”.

“It’s much easier fitting into a team when you already have friends there and a technical team who helps speed the process up. Apart from that I already knew a lot of people here and that helps. I remember when I arrived here, at the beginning. Playing well at Espanyol has got me here again and I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it”.

Modric: “We’ve really enjoyed ourselves here in China”
“The win feels great. We’re happy to have won another trophy in preseason. We’ve really enjoyed these six days in China with our fans and we have to thank them for their support”.

Next up the team will head to Munich for the Audi Cup. We’ll take on Tottenham on Tuesday, August 4th. Bayern Munich (aka Stealer of Xabis, Breakers of Hearts) will play AC Milan in a similar match. The winners of both matches will play each other on Wednesday, August 5th (Sheesh! Not much of a break!)

From Germany, Los Blancos head to Norway to take on Valerenga at Ullevaal Stadium in Olso on Sunday, August 9th. The boys are certainly wracking up those frequent flier miles. Can we please have them rest up a bit before the Liga season starts, Mister? Ta.


– Lozil

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