Ready For Atleti, Leg 2!

9 May

Well, it’s just about time! One more match to decide who will advance to the Champions League final and face Juventus. But no pressure or anything…



The full squad and Castilla’s Enzo trained today with three exceptions.  Mariano worked indoors while Dani and Gareth continued their recovery. (Video)




Zidane: “We’re not going to change the way we play at the Calderón”

“We’re wrong if we think we’ll go through just because we’ve won two finals”, added the Whites’ coach.

Zidane spoke to the media at the Real Madrid City. The Whites coach explained how the team is going in to the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Atlético: “We’ll try to go in to the game as we have been doing so far. You have to go out on to the field, try to play and do your best to win the game. Our idea doesn’t change and our way of playing is always to give our best. The message to the players is to continue on the path that we’re on and give everything out on the field. We’re not going to change the way we play”.

“I only focus on what we have tomorrow. Things from the outside don’t interest me. The players and I are only thinking about the game. Atlético will have their weapons and we have to try to continue on our path, which has got us to where we are. We have to give our all from the first minute, we’re clear about that”.

The future
“The injustice would be to not do our best to get to where we are. After nine months, the players work every day with incredible professionalism. But you have to show it every three days in the games. We are fortunate enough to be able to show that we are doing well and tomorrow we must continue to do so. Injustice or failure is not giving the maximum. We’re giving everything we have inside us”.

Goal scoring run
“Why am I going to think that we’ll not score tomorrow? We’ll try to play and score, as always”.

Mosaic and signings
“The signings will be seen later, it’s not the time to talk about things like that. I’m only thinking about tomorrow’s game. What happens among the fans is between them. We’re not going to be able to fix it. They’re things between them and I’ll not comment on it”.

“The history of this club can’t be ignored. That helps prepare for big things. It’s a big extra for us and tomorrow is another game where we can demonstrate it. We want to try to do everything we can to get to the final”.

“Nacho is a centre back but he can play in any position in the defence and he’s done phenomenally well. Pepe is fine, we’ll see what the squad is, and Varane has also trained without any problems. We’re all ready except the players you know about”.

Two finals won
“Whatever happens, we have to turn up and perform. We won two finals but that’s in the past. Tomorrow we’re playing a different game. Everyone has their strengths and we’re going to show what we’re doing. Having won two finals doesn’t mean that we’re going to win. If we think like that, we’re wrong”.

The importance of the coach and players
“We’re all in the same boat, along with the fans. It’s the end of the season, everything is to play for and this club likes it like that. Every game is a final and tomorrow we’ve got another. Then we’ll have three league games left to play”.

First leg
“I don’t think there’s going to be an attitude problem. In football you always have to play and you have to put in an excellent performance to get through. We need to go in to the game composed and think that it’s another game of football. We talk a lot about controversial things, but it’s just a football match, that’s all”.

“We have an incredible squad. It’s a credit to all the players, who are extraordinary and very professional. I try to be the one who drives the boat and say that we always have to give our best, starting with me”.


Ramos: “We must not think about the result from the first leg, just go out to win”
by Javier Garcia

“We have to give everything and leave our souls out on the field, maintain high levels of concentration and believe in ourselves”, said the captain.

Sergio Ramos appeared in the press room next to Zidane the day before the team try to seal their place in the Champions League final at the Vicente Calderón (Wednesday, 8:45pm CEST). The captain spoke about the game and laid out the key to winning: “I’d like to send a message before going out on to the field. You have to go out with very clear ideas, in football anything can happen. We have to give everything and leave our souls out on the field. You have to give everything, maintain high levels of concentration and believe in ourselves. The key to success is unity and teamwork, it’s what we’re doing. We must not think about the result from the first leg, just go out to win.

“I don’t know what the fans are feeling. I experienced a great atmosphere at the Bernabéu in the first leg and that’s what I can talk about. They took us flying along with them. We go there to play football and I’ll not get into controversial messages or anything. We have a great result behind us, but we’re going to give everything. We’ll not go out to defend the result”.

The good work of Zidane
“I expected it. He’s achieving things that almost nobody has achieved on a statistical level and in terms of results, and that’s highly valued. We’re very happy that the gaffer steers the boat and that the results are coming”.

Know how to win and lose
“Throughout my career I’ve had to win and lose. I’ve taken to winning better, but you have to know how to handle losing. I’ve had lessons and I’ve learned more in defeats. Everyone takes it in their own way”.

Goal in Lisbon
“I’ve got a nice memory of it. Every time we face them it’s inevitable to be reminded of that. In football you must reset yourself every year and when I retire I’ll have time to think about what I’ve won. For the madridistas the derbies are always different because of what they mean, but nothing changes. Tomorrow we’ll have to go out as focused as ever”.

“It’s not the first time we’ve played at the Calderón. They have fan who don’t stop supporting them as well, but the more they get behind their team, the more they motivate me. I don’t think there is a big difference between the Atlético and Bayern fans, for example, who also get behind their team. It’s not a matter of talking about fans”.

“I hope they are just as professional as all the footballers. There is a referee who’s in charge of the match. We’ve no fear of going to the Calderón. They’ll play to their strengths and so will we”.

Fight for two titles
“We are sure of ourselves, we are showing it. We’re not fazed by anything. Everything is in our own hands, we can win these two titles and we can lose them. We must keep equally clear ideas about what we’re trying to do and treat opponents with respect. The good part of the season is coming, it’s a very beautiful moment. Every year I’d take it to be going in to this stage of the season depending on ourselves to win these titles”.

“It seems that we all grew up in Beverly Hills and with a lot of money. There are also people here from the hood, humble, with values ​​and manners. Everything is decided out on the field, eleven against eleven. The campaigns and what is said is respectable but it’ll not change anything. We’ll continue with our same sacrifice, humility and will fight out on the pitch”.

Whistles for Piqué
“If I go to Barcelona the same happens to me too. I’ll not change people’s opinion. Everyone keeps their own house in order”.

“He’s been influencing Atlético for years. The results are there. He has made Atlético competitive in the league and Europe. He wants to motivate his players, as Zidane does with us. Every teacher has his way of doing things but only one can win”.

Importance of scoring
“I do not know if it will be decisive. It depends on the minute and when you score. We’ll try to go out to win the game and score a goal that may not be decisive, but important for the tie”.

Great squad
“Maybe it could be one of the most complete squads we’ve had. We’ve always had the best players. The key is that all the players are motivated, playing minutes and in good form, not only 11 players. We’re benefiting from having 25 players who if chosen tomorrow, are at a competitive level.

Theo Hernández
“It’s not the time to talk about signings. When the season is over, if we have to welcome some new teammates, we will. We’re playing to be in the final now, we know what it takes, and it requires a high level of concentration. It’s what we’re going to try to do out on the field”.

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, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Modric, Asensio and Isco.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez and Morata.


Let’s get it done, gentlemen! (and feel free to burn those jorts, Lucas!)

– Lozil

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