Preparations continue – the time until the final seems to be dragging and speeding up if that’s even possible.
Everyone was on the pitch with the exception of The Baby who is in recovery for a torn thigh muscle (he’s definitely out of the Euros – FFF confirmed it) and Arbeloa who trained indoors.
Just to shake things up, Zizou called up The Piprs (Martin Odegaard, Marcos Llorente, Borja Mayoral) plus one (Carlos Abad).
And more interviews! Lucas Vasquez was interview by none other than Roberto Carlos! Here’s a video in Spanish with English subtitles.
“We know that if we’re on our game, then we’re capable of competing well”, he stated during an interview with Roberto Carlos organised by Mahou.
Lucas Vázquez took his place alongside Roberto Carlos at a Cinco Estrellas Mahou (Mahou Five Stars) event in which the pair looked forward to the Champions League final. “Atlético are very tough opposition, they’re very strong defensively and are very good at capitalising on the opposition’s mistakes. We know that if we’re on our game then we’re capable of competing well with them. We want to win it and that’s been reflected in our preparations in which we’ve shown plenty of joy and excitement. We just want the game to get started now”, declared the Whites’ forward.
“It’s a source of pride and an honour to be representing the academy in a Champions League final. This is the top club competition and you’ve just got to reproduce the form you’ve shown during the rest of the year. The less you dwell on the important of the game, the less pressure you’re putting yourself under”.
Praise for Zidane
“It’s a pleasure to work with Zidane. You watched him play since you were a kid and now you’ve got a coach who was a top player and a Ballon d’Or winner, it’s incredible. He’s a modern coach because his philosophy is all about ball work, whilst not neglecting the physical side of things, which is also necessary in football. He knows what players like and he want his players to enjoy the game just as he did, that’s important”.
“It’s a source of pride to be representing the academy in a Champions League final.”
“From from the outset, they’ve treated me really well, have looked after me and helped me with everything. I’m really grateful to my teammates”.
Roberto Carlos: “My advice is that you enjoy yourself”
“I thought about things an awful lot and got very little sleep. Go out there and enjoy yourself, regardless of whether you play for 10 or 90 minutes. The important thing is that when you’re playing, you know exactly what you need to do for your club and your teammates. The best bit comes when it’s over and your family are there to give you a congratulatory hug”.
“My advice is that you enjoy yourself because there are many players in the world who want to play in this final and everyone’s eyes will be on the San Siro. Prepare yourself well mentally and emotionally because you feel different when you play in a Champions League final. It’s not pressure, but enjoy it and just do what you’ve been doing all season”.
“We hope that our fans are behind us and they fight with us until the end”, he said to Bwin.
Casemiro spoke in an interview with Bwin about the Champions League final on Saturday against Atlético (8.45pm CEST). The Whites’ midfielder said: “Since January we’ve been doing a great job and we are growing a lot along the way. It was very difficult to get to this final, we have to make the most of it and hopefully it’ll be Real Madrid who win. We’re going to fight until the end”.
“We hope that our fans are behind us and they fight with us until the end. In the last games we played at home against Wolfsburg and City, the fans helped us a lot. They’re very important to us. I say to them that they should not stop believing in us because we’re going to fight until the end to come home with the Champions League”.
“I believe in them. All the players have to score, not just the BBC. They help us when they’re well, they’re the best in the world. But we all have to work together and play as a team because that’s how we’ll win the Champions League”.
Torres and Griezmann
“They’re two great players but you must rate all of the Atlético’s players because they do a lot of things well. They’re not in the final because of luck, they’ve done a great job. You have to rate all of their players because they’re very good”.
“He’s having a great season but I’m sure that Cristiano, Bale, Benzema and the rest can score. I’m sure we’ll get a goal”.
Number of goals in the final
“Hopefully the majority are for Real Madrid. We know that each game is different but hopefully Real Madrid will win the final”.
And have some fashion shots to end off the post:
Gawd, I can’t even with that last shot. LOL!