The team continued their prep for Sunday’s match vs. Granada.
The Pips (Martin Odegaard, Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral) joined in the session. G-Money & Pepe continued with their recovery.
They also played a little basketball, which brought out their extra competitive sides (especially Arbie & Sese).
The Real Madrid goalkeeper analysed the Whites’ current situation at the presentation of a charity project.
Kiko Casilla, the Real Madrid goalkeeper, analysed the current situation of the Whites at the presentation of a charity event: “You cannot say no when the best club in the world calls you. For someone that has played for the club’s junior sides, it was a dream to return, a dream that I sometimes viewed to be very difficult, but which has come true. My personal view is that being at the best club in the world is priceless”.
Role in the side
“I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. When you are at what I view as the best side, you are not going to arrive and find that it is all a bed of roses. I knew that it would be difficult, we are a big squad and the manager makes the decisions. However, I can also tell you from being here that you learn a lot without playing”.
“To get here, we have had similar careers. Keylor and I both came from the Segunda División, we had to reach the top-flight and earn a place. In the end we got the prize of playing for Real Madrid and our relationship, and also that which we have with Rúben (third goalkeeper) is excellent and we will always be happy with one another. As long as your teammates are demanding in every training session, both you and they take something positive away”.
“As long as there is a mathematical possibility of winning we will be in the mix, Real Madrid have to battle until the end. We know that it is difficult but we are going to fight because we have a good dynamic with the new manager and I believe that we are going to battle until the end”.
“He is someone that is greatly admired because he was a top player, a real star. and on top of that, you see his personality in the dressing room. He is a straightforward guy, he says things clearly, just by looking at him you know what he wants”.
Relationship with the manager
“The level of communication with the goalkeepers is good, and it is true that he leaves things more in the hands Luis Llopis, who is phenomenal, and is always attentive towards our work, encouraging us everyday and asking us to play with intensity”.
The Champions League
“Real Madrid’s big dream is to win everything is each of the competitions that we play in and whenever there is a chance to win, and the truth is that it would be really great to win La Undécima”.
“We are looking forward to the return of the Champions League after almost two months. We know that it will be a great knockout phase, with a battle against a side like Roma, Italian sides are not easy to beat over two games. They have really become stronger over the winter transfer market and it will be difficult but we are very confident in our performance level and we are going to give everything”.
And Zizou’s last 100 days as a player is the subject of a photography exhibit in Madrid. The exhibition Zz, Zidane spelled out by photographer Philippe Bordas opens tomorrow and runs through March 18th at the Institut Français. More details on the exhibition here.
I’d love to see that! If you’re in Madrid and go, please let us know how it is.