Ready For Celta, A Visitor, A Birthday & Some Smokin’ Sese

17 Jan

_he11406thumbThe team had their final training session before facing Celta in the Copa Del Rey tomorrow.

Training

James and Fabio did work both on the pitch and indoors. Gareth and Pepe continued what feels like the longest recovery in history.

Presser

_he11754thumbFROM REALMADRID.COM

Zidane: “I am not surprised by Celta’s record, it’ll be another complicated match for us”
by Alberto Navarro

“”I don’t think we’ll suffer due to our efforts. We are a group of 24 players and I’ll always use them all”, said the coach.

Zinedine Zidane appeared in the press room at Real Madrid City the day before the match against Celta. The Whites’ coach analysed the first-leg of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey: “I am not surprised by Celta’s record and that they have won everything in 2017 because they’re a very good team, they fight and play very good football. We have to go in to it as we know how, because it’ll be another complicated match for us. It’s a knock-out match and we’ll see what happens tomorrow”.

“The other day before the Sevilla match there were three or four changes. We have a lot of games and before the next international break we play every three days and we need everyone. We’re getting players back but we’re still without Pepe, Bale, Coentrão…they’re slowly recovering and that’s good because it makes me think more about who to pick”.

The defeat in Sevilla
“These things happen. Nothing is going to change in what I’m going to do, but I do ask our fans to support us. Those who are not Real Madrid fans will want us to lose, but we must be ready and think that what we’re doing is fine. We lost a game, something that happens, and now we have to make sure that it doesn’t happen again”.

“When we do something we believe in what we do. I would not change anything I did. I would have liked to keep winning, but when we lost it’s because something happened. We have had time to analyse it and we have to re-find our rhythm”.

Tactical change in the Sánchez Pizjuán
“This isn’t the first time we’ve played this way and we know how to play this way. We’ve already done it three times. It’s not new to the players. When you play three games against the same team you have to make changes. Both ourselves and Sevilla played the three games with three different line-ups. Sometimes that you need it to surprise your opponent”.

Marcelo and Roberto Carlos
“I don’t like to compare them. Both are part of the history of this club. Roberto has already done it and Marcelo has been here for 10 years and is an example in the changing room. He likes football, he enjoys it and I enjoy it because I’m his coach”.

“I don’t think we’ll suffer due to our efforts. We are a group of 24 players and I’ll always use them all. The message will not change, although sometimes I’ll play the same team three or four times. I’ll count on everyone from now until the end of the season. If we win something I’m convinced that it’ll because of the 24 players”.

Keylor Navas
“He’s having a really good season. You can always ask for more, but if up until now we had gone 40 games without losing, it’s for a reason, and he has been there all the way. Kiko and Ruben are also very good and working really well. There’s no need to go over this again”.

Reinforcements in goal
“They’re rumours and we’re focused on what we’re doing this year. Whatever happens next I’m not interested and it’s not the time to talk about it. The three goalies are important, they’re doing well and I’m very happy with them. I don’t want to change anything we’re doing. We want to continue working”.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s rest
“You’ll see what happens tomorrow. It’s normal that everyone has an opinion about whether it’s better to rest or to keep playing games”.

Charges by the league for the songs in the Pizjuán
“I’m very sorry for the songs and his mother has nothing to do with it. I hope that people one day understand that”.

Benzema
“Everyone can say and write what they want. On a field, playing 90 minutes, you can’t do everything right. There is talk of lack of concentration, but we only had five bad minutes and that happens in football. We must always be involved in the game because until the referee signals the end, anything can happen”.

Call Ups

The following players were called up for the match:

Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defenders: Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, Kovacic, Casemiro, Modric, Isco and Asensio.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano and Morata.

David Bisbal Visits

Singer David Bisbal, a good friend of Sergio, visited the team at training today.

Happy Birthday!

nacho_3am6893thumbNachito turned 27 today! Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Oh Hells Yes!

A little half naked Sergio is always a good way to end the day, isn’t it?

– Lozil

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