The team held a training session today in preparation for the final La Liga match of 2016 vs. Deportivo.
Everyone was at the training with the exception of G-Money who continues his recovery. (Video)
There was a special guest at training today – Alejandro Sanz! (Video)
“I really like and I am very excited about this team with Zidane at the helm”, said the singer, who greeted the squad.
Madrid singer Alejandro Sanz visited Real Madrid City and watched the last training session before the league game on Saturday against Deportivo. After the session he greeted the squad: “I came to watch training. I had never seen one and I liked the idea. I have met all the squad and they look like wonderful guys. I really like and I am very excited about this team with Zidane at the helm”.
“I’m very happy. They look very good to me, although it was a light session due to the game tomorrow. I’m wearing a shirt signed by Sergio Ramos. He’s a good friend and a guy I love very much. It’s a really nice touch”.
“Real Madrid are a team used to winning and they have to win forever. This is Real Madrid. If I had to write a song about Real Madrid it would probably be titled Champion”.
“I did not like football as a kid. My father was always a Real Madrid fan and made my daughter Manuela a member when she was born. When my father left, I suddenly started to like football a lot and especially Real Madrid. It was sudden and I’ve had it I my heart ever since”.
“Seeing Deportivo in this position in the table is a bit weird but we know it will be a difficult match”, he said.
Zinedine Zidane appeared in the press room at the Real Madrid City the day before the matchday fifteen league game against Deportivo: “It will be a difficult match and not only because of their last result. Maybe seeing Deportivo where they are in the table is a little strange, with what they are doing and the team that they’ve got. We know it will be a very difficult match. It is the last game of the year in the league and we will try to be well prepared and go in to it well”.
“Six points is quiet a lot but it is not enough to think that we are going to win the League. What matters most is what we have to do, we depend on ourselves. The others winning or losing will not change what we have to do. Tomorrow we have an important game, three points at stake, and we want to do everything we can to finish the year winning”.
Memories of Deportivo
“I remember a home game that I played well, but Dépor today are different. They’ve just had a great game, they’re a good team and are going to be completely different from when I faced them as a player or coach”.
This year’s successes
“Many coaches and teams have achieved many things at Real Madrid. The important thing for us is to continue with the work we are doing. The coach may be important but what matters to me is what the players do on a daily basis. They have a great desire in every session and it a spectacular atmosphere. Now we have to look after all this. I know this atmosphere very well and it can change very quickly”.
“He was at the team’s disposal but we’re going to give him some rest. We have a lot of games and tomorrow we will rest him and other players”.
“The team is more united than ever. When we have had difficulties it’s been the same. It is a very good group in every way, we are not going to say that they are all friends, but they respect each other a lot and that is very important. Emotionally what we are doing is not easy and that helps us to be better every day”.
James and the January transfer window
“James is not leaving here, I do not want him to. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see if he is playing against Deportivo”.
“Tomorrow he’s going to play. Every day he is better and he really wanted to play. He’s training very well”.
Club World Cup precedent
“I do not know what’s going to happen in the future. I’m not saying that I only believe in hard work, because there are many other things that help, but the most important thing is hard work and we are doing well every day. I do not see a reason for this to change after the break”.
Record since debut against Deportivo
“We have worked hard to get all this and it has been a very good year. What we want is that everything continues like this. We continue with great desire and with our hope intact and if we continue working we will continue dreaming. We hope to continue on this path”.
“Sure that when we talk about all this it has it’s affects, but the important thing for us is that things get fixed very quickly. Before football players, they are people and very intelligent, they know perfectly what they are doing. We have good people, who are professionals and know what they are doing. I hope things get better quickly, we just want to concentrate on football and win games”.
The following players were called up for the match:
Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defenders: Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Asensio and Isco.
Forwards: Morata, Lucas Vázquez and Mariano.