The team finished their final session before meeting Rayo Vallecano tomorrow.
Everyone was on hand for the session with the exception of Dani & Cris. The latter is recovering from a muscle strain in his right thigh. They’re obviously not taking and chances and resting him for the match against Manchester City. Animo Dani & Cris!
Zidane: “Rayo put you under pressure at home and it’ll be another tough match”
by Javier Garcia | Photographer: Angel Martinez
“We play on a small pitch against an opponent who knows how to play and enjoys playing good football”, added the Real Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane appeared in front of the media on the day before the match against Rayo Vallecano. The coach analysed the clash and talked about the state of his team: “It’s a difficult game, on a small pitch. We’re up against a team who know how to play, who like to play, and put you under a lot of pressure at home. We know what it’s like and it’s going to be another very difficult game, especially early on. We’re focussed, we’re going into it well, on a good run of form. We have to keep thinking that they are three important points and we’re going to work and fight”.
“We don’t have a worse run-in. They are difficult games, three away and one at home. At home, we’ve got Valencia, who are a good team and are playing very well. There are four games and we know what we have to do to have any chance. We will try and win our four remaining games to give ourselves that hope”.
Ramos would stick with Zidane
“All I can say is thank you. I played with Sergio and we have a very good relationship. He’s our captain, he knows the club well. We both know perfectly well that my role is to give my best to ensure the team plays well and wins games. That’s all that matters at this club. Well, not only that, but it’s very important”.
“He won’t be with us tomorrow. He’s had an ultrasound and an MRI scan. It’s nothing serious, but he’s got a strain and he can’t play tomorrow. We’ll monitor it in the coming days. He always wants to play. If you play him tomorrow, it could work out, but he’s staying at home and we’ll see on Tuesday”.
“From time to time you need to rest, but to have a player who always wants to play, help the team, and want more… it’s fantastic for a manager. There’s a lot of good to come from this knock. He knows he can’t play tomorrow, even if he wants to. He is focused on Tuesday’s match. Even if tomorrow was a final, I don’t think he’d play, it’d be a big risk”.
“There are four games to go and we know what we have to do to have a chance.”
“I don’t think he’s burnt out. He looks good to me. It’s a story and it can happen in a move at the last moment, or not… but I think he’s fine playing in every game. For a manager it’s great to have a player like that, who always wants to play. I look at the positives, at what Cristiano can bring to the team”.
Cristiano Ronaldo untouchable
“Untouchable because of what his numbers show. He deserves to be untouchable. We need to be talking to the players contasntly, considering that sometimes a player needs a rest. He gets a rest when he doesn’t play, and he does it brilliantly, perfect.”.
“I think he’s OK, he’s an important player. When you have 23 players, you have to make a decision about the starting 11 and then make changes. During a match it’s as if we always need to make three changes, but that’s not the case. If I don’t think it’s necessary, I won’t do it. James is important and he scored in the game he played and did very well. I’m aware he wants to play more, but so does everyone who plays less often. That’s the toughest part of being a coach, making the decision”.
A grudge against Jémez?
No. Tomorrow I’ll concentrate on what I have to do and nothing else”.
“He’s fine, he’s better, and training well. He looks fully recovered. The plan is to have him available and we’ll see tomorrow”.
Substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo
“They’re all ready to fill in for him. I’ll pick a player who has similar attributes to Cristiano and he’ll play on the left. We’ve got enough players to replace him tomorrow”.
“I think he’s playing well. Every game is very important for me. He has shown he can play any match, also in the national team. It’s true that he came back from the national team with problems. He’s comitted, professional and always looking to improve. I’m very pleased to be able to select him”.
The following players were called up for the match:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla y Yáñez.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Arbeloa y Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Bale, Kovacic, Modric e Isco.
Forwards: Benzema, Lucas Vázquez y Jesé.
Lucas Vázquez: “We’ve got the chance and the desire to win both competitions”
by Javier Garcia | Photographer: Victor Carretero
The Whites’ footballer attended the inauguration of the new Adidas store in Gran Vía alongside Felipe Reyes and Sergio Rodríguez.
Lucas Vázquez, Felipe Reyes and Sergio Rodríguez attended the inauguration of the new Adidas store on Gran Vía, the company’s biggest in Spain. It boasts an area of 1,800 metres squared, spread over three floors, housing, amongst other things, their lines in football, running, women’s and originals.
Lucas Vázquez, scorer of one of the goals against Villarreal which gave Real Madrid their 8th straight La Liga win, was bullish about their chances in the fight for La Liga and the Champions League: “It’s clear, we’ve got a chance in both competitions and we have the desire to win them both”.
Felipe Reyes: “We’re going to fight for the league”
The captain of the Real Madrid basketball team talked about their hopes of winning the championship: “Our goal is to win the league. We’re coming off quite a setback, but we’re aware we can win it, we’re a team and we’re going to fight for it”.