Okay, the mothership was full of shit yesterday. Today was the final training session. Sigh.
“Wolfsburg are a strong rival and if they are in the quarter-finals it is for a reason”, added the Real Madrid manager.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at Real Madrid City today before tomorrow’s La Liga game against Sevilla. The Whites manager spoke about the game against the Andalusians: “It’s going to be a difficult game. They are a very strong rival, who, despite injuries, have a very good squad, with some great players. It will be difficult, I’m sure. We have had one of our best weeks since I arrived at Real Madrid and that is great”.
“I’m thinking about our next game which is tomorrow, and we have to do everything to win it. I’ll field the best team to win the game. I won’t think about the next game because in addition to tomorrow’s game we also have the international break and that will play a role in preparing for the next game”.
The full squad available
“We have 22 or 23 players. The only thing is that I will always field the best team as I see it. We always think game by game, but the good thing is to have all players available. This is the second time we have this and It is a positive thing for a manager”.
Wolfsburg: Champions League rivals
“People are saying a lot of things about them, but if they have qualified for the quarter-finals and topped their group it is for a reason. Champions League games are there to be played. First we have to focus on La Liga and then we will prepare well for this game against a strong rival. I am only concerned with our game. We will see what happens with the rest, but I’m not going to give any opinions”.
“I am working with a group of players that have great footballing qualities as well as great human qualities.”
“It is true that I am at the best team in the world and you feel pressure, but I’m taking it well because I’m doing what I love. I have the good fortune of being here and I’m happy because every day I’m improving. I’m learning from this which is great. I’m happy and I hope to be this way for a long time”.
“I’m not going to say whether the treatment he is getting in France is fair or not. They are still investigating. The only thing I want from the player is for him to concentrate on what he has to do: play football and focus on the game tomorrow. We have spoken and the best thing is that he focuses on football”.
“He is focussed on what he has to do on the pitch. He has been out with injury for 23 days and he will get better little by little. During the International break, he will be staying here and we will be able to work on a few things. The most important thing is that physically he feels fine and that his injuries don’t come back. After being out for 23 days it’s complicated physically, but he has trained well from Tuesday onwards and he is slowly regaining his fitness. He won’t play with the French national team and we will be able to keep working together so that we can keep making improvements physically”.
“He can play in many positions. For us he has played just in front of the defence but he can also play higher up. At Bayern he played that way and the key thing is that he is on the pitch and comfortable in his position. He was rested because he has played a lot of minutes and tomorrow we will see which players we field. He is ready to play”.
“The players who are staying here will do so because of the national team coaches taking that decision and I am not going to get involved in that. The idea is that we will be able to work a bit during those 10 days. The players are available to their national team coaches and if they have to play 90 minutes then that’s what they have to do. I will have a look at the games and see how long they will play”.
“His status is that of a Real Madrid Castilla player, but he has played with us and has also played in the youth league. What he is doing is not easy. Every week he trains with us and if we have the full squad available it is normal that he goes back to Real Madrid Castilla. I am happy with how he is handling things because it is not easy”.
The following players were called up for the match:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla and Rubén Yáñez.
Defenders: Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa and Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Bale, Casemiro, Modric and Isco.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez and Jesé.
Today was Father’s Day in Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Italy (and a number of other countries), so we got to see some of our fave players with their woobinses. And while we’re at it, some other recent pictures of the families.
Cristiano, Jr. & a picture of CR7’s dad
Danilo & Miguel
Gareth & Alba. We’ll have a new baby Bale very soon!
Nacho dancing with Alejandra is so precious. BTW, Maria is preggers again! Mazel tov!
Also expecting are Toni & Jessica.
Hey Leute, ich wollte euch verkünden, dass meine Frau Jessica und ich im kommenden Sommer zum zweiten Mal Eltern werden. Wir sind natürlich sehr glücklich und auch Leon freut sich schon auf ein Geschwisterchen. *** Hey guys, I wanted to announce to you that my wife Jessica and I become parents of another child this summer. We are very happy and especially Leon is looking forward to his sibling.
Casemiro’s wife Anna Mariana is hugely pregnant right now and after his double thumb sucking goal celebration, I wonder if they’re expecting twins?
Kiko and Rosa are expecting too! They already have a gorgeous daughter Ainara.
Newborn Vega Arbeloa Ruiz has featured heavily on her mami’s Instagram.
I still can’t get over how much she doesn’t look like a little old person! What’s with that?
Pepe and Ana Sofia’s girls Angeli and Emily
And Clarice and Marcelo are raising another ridiculously smiley boy. Here’s a blast of Liam and Enzo with bonus cousin Cloe!
Sergio shared pictures of Sergio Jr & Marco. He also wished Pilar a happy birthday with a picture in which he looks rather grim as hell. He also oddly talks about how he is proud that he has “been with you all this time” and refers to her as Pimp Mommy. Okay. Just Sergio bein’ Sergio.::shrugs::
Keylor reminisced about Mateo’s arrival on the wee one’s 2nd birthday a couple of weeks ago. Daughter Daniela is also in the pictures.
And these two! I can’t even with the deliciousness!
And Isco is missing his baby. 😦 For those who don’t know, apparently he and Victoria split up and she and the baby moved back to Malaga.
Karim hasn’t posted a picture of Melia since her birthday six weeks ago.
And now for some of our former players:
The Brothers Callejon and also India and Paula! (Bonus Curro and Ona too)
The ever adorable Family Albiol-Roig
Guti and his Enzo as an infant and Romina with recent pictures of Enzo
Nunca el tiempo pasó más rápido ni fue más feliz que desde el día que este pequeñito llego a nuestras vidas y formábamos nuestra familia,solo puedo darte las gracias,Enzo es El Niño más feliz que conozco y adora a su Papy !!Feliz día mi amor ,eres un gran padre!❤️😘👦🏻 #felizdiadelpadre #weloveu #Enzo&papy #sanjose
Iria, Zoe, Diego and Bianca are enjoying Milan. Zoe recently turned 4.
The Family Alonso-Aranbaru in Vienna
And Iker with a baby Martin. I can’t wait for their new baby to arrive!
And finally, King Muppet Baby as a baby. Doesn’t get more adorable than that!