Ready For The Champions League Final!

2 Jun

Our capi looking totally badass.

Y’all ready for this? I’m never ready for the Champions League final but I’m going to put my nerves aside and cheer my heart out for the boys. Also, mygypsyspirit is back on US soil for a (too) short visit and I consider that a good omen! (Can’t wait to see you, girl!)

Travel

The team traveled to Cardiff today (aka The Ancestral Land of G-Moneys) and looked damn spiffy doing so.

Looks like they let some buddies hitch a ride on the jet with them!

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🛬👍 #Cardiff #APorLa12

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Training

The team held their final training session at the National Stadium of Wales (Video)

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Familia !!! Vamos 💪

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There were some special guests at training – several of our Real Madrid legends! Raul, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Mijatovic, Míchel Salgado, Clarence Seedorf and Karembeu turned up to watch the session and greet our boys.

Presser

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Zidane: “We’re in great shape to play this well-deserved final”

“Juventus aren’t just about the ‘catenaccio’, they go forward very well too and they’ve got some very good attacking players”, added the coach.

Zidane appeared in the press room at the National Stadium of Wales to discuss his side’s Champions League final against Juventus. The madridista coach expressed his confidence in the team: “We’re ready. We’ve worked extremely hard to get here. We’ve won LaLiga as well. We’re in great shape and now it’s time to play this well deserved final. The most important thing is that all of us are ready to play this match”.

“There’s no pressure. At Madrid we live with pressure every day. I’ve experienced it as a player and as a coach. We all know what this club is about. They’re saying we’re favourites but football doesn’t work like that. It’s a final and anything can happen. It’s 50-50, there are no favourites. We’re going to try and do everything we can to win the Champions League once again”.

Feelings
“If you’d told me when I was a kid that I was going to experience all of this… Now I’m living it and I’m enjoying it. I’m the coach of this team but there are a lot of us here. We are experiencing something incredible. It’s very special to be playing another final and we’re all ready”.

“Many things can happen over the course of a match. Each team is going to play their own game and we know we’re up against a great side. We all want to see a beautiful final”.

Leaving players out
“There will be players who won’t get the chance to pull on the shirt and that’s the most difficult thing, but it’s my job. It’s tough knowing that they can offer something to the team and that six of them won’t get the opportunity to do so. But we’re all in the same boat”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“He’s a good guy and he looks out for others. He’s outstanding from a professional point of view. He wants more, even just in the training sessions. He always wants to win and that rubs off on the team. He’s got something inside of him that makes him a born leader. If we’d have been playing in the same era, he would have been the star because he’s a goal scorer and that’s the most important – scoring goals and not conceding them”.

“I don’t think they’ll come out to shut up shop. It’s going to be an open game on both sides. I’ve lived there and they say that in Italy it’s all about ‘catenaccio’ and they’ve got that side to them but there’s much more to it than that. I’m expecting an open game”.

Isco or Bale
“I’m not going to say who will play. They could play together, as I’ve already said. The most important thing is that we all head into the game physically and mentally prepared”.

Alves’ statements
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. He wasn’t there but people can think whatever they like. I’m only thinking about tomorrow’s game”.

Motivation
“The best thing about making it to the final is that all the players are motivated. Our players know what it means to be at Real Madrid. We’re not going to change anything that we’ve done so far. We’re going to be disciplined, stay calm and give it everything we’ve got”.

Role to be played by the centre-mids
“Every position is important. Scoring goals in the most decisive and it’s not easy. I was a good footballer, but I didn’t score many goals. I’ve scored the odd important goal, but not many. The role of the centre-midfielders is very important too”.

Juventus
“I don’t know what will worry Juventus, probably the entire Madrid team. Juventus are not just defence, where they are very strong. They are very good going forward as well. They’ve always had an excellent team but now they’ve got some very good attacking players”.

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Ramos: “We’ve got a chance to make history”

“We’re very motivated, excited and eager to defend the title”, he said.

Sergio Ramos appeared to face the media ahead of the Whites’ Champions League final clash with Juventus at the National Stadium of Wales (8:45pm CEST): “We’ve got a chance to make history, and it’s all down to us and we’ve got to forget about the trophies each of us has won and think that this is the first title we’re going to get our hands on. We’ve very motivated and excited by the prospect of being the first team to win two Champions League’s in a row”.

“It’s a huge game between two great teams and it’s a chance to vindicate what we’re doing as a team. It’s a wonderful stadium and a wonderful opportunity for the best players in the world to show how good they are. We have to stay focussed, make as few mistakes as possible and be at the highest level”.

Champions League form
“After so many years where Madrid didn’t get the chance to win the Champions League, we have to treasure every moment in this new era. I’m honoured and thankful for every moment and I’m aware that football has given us this opportunity to play in another Champions League final. To do that three times in four years is ridiculous and we’re going to do all we can to bring home the trophy”.

Evenly matched final
“In a final, both teams are starting from scratch, there’s no advantage. Us winning the league doesn’t give us anything extra that might give us the edge in the final. The group is pleased with the effort we’ve put in all year but tomorrow will be a very tough game. We know the opposition we’re up against and we’ve both got the same chance of winning it”.

“The numbers and the statistics speak for themselves. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved since the first day Zidane came in here. He had the task of bringing together this difficult dressing room, which other coaches have tried and failed to do. I hope he stays with us as long as possible and that we can set ourselves on the way to a great era of winning titles. He’s the key cog for us in this machine”.

Madrid in finals
“It’s true that throughout history they’ve played more than any other team. But we don’t live in the past and we keep trying to give it everything out on the pitch so we can go away with our heads held high, knowing we did all we could. That’s what is demanded of us by the badge and by the fans. Whatever happens tomorrow, I think they’ll be pleased with the attitude of this group. There’s something special about playing in a final and for us it’s an opportunity that this sport gives you to take home another title. History speaks for itself and it’s no coincidence”.

Goals in the final minutes
“The spirit at Madrid forces you to fight to the end and that hope is the last thing that we must lose. Until the referee blows the final whistle, it’s possible to turn a result around. Hopefully tomorrow we won’t suffer as much as we did to win the Champions League in Lisbon”.

Keylor Navas
“He’s grown the longer he’s been at Real Madrid and the tough times he’s had to go through have helped him to learn. That’s what Madrid demands of you and now he’s showing his best form of the season. He was crucial in the final LaLiga games and I hope on the few occasions he’s called into action tomorrow he’s equally as inspired and that he stays here for a long time yet”.

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Marcelo: “We’re here to represent Real Madrid and we’re going to give it our all”
by Javier Garcia (Cardiff)

“I’m not concerned with the team Juventus put out because we know what we have to do”, added the Brazillian.

Marcelo has joined Sergio Ramos in the press conference prior to the Champions League final (Saturday, 8:45pm CEST), and the vice-captain has the following to say ahead of the game: “We’re focussed on ourselves and we know what we’re here for and what we have to do. Everyone can say whatever they like but it doesn’t bother us. We’re here to represent Real Madrid and we know who Real Madrid are and we’re going to give it our all”.

Physical shape
“The two weeks rest have been good for us. We’ve worked well and the team’s in good shape. I’m not concerned by how Juventus are going to set up because we know what we have to do”.

Zidane
“He came in quietly, at a time when Real Madrid needed to win games. The numbers speak for themselves”.

Keylor Navas
“When he came to Madrid he was up against it to try and play because Iker was here. He’s got his head down and worked and now you can see what a fantastic goalkeeper he is and how much he helps us in every game and training session, alongside Kiko and Rubén. He’s a wonderful goalkeeper, we’re all behind him and I hope he helps us out again tomorrow”.

Call Ups

The following 25 players made the trip to Cardiff:

Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defender: Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Coentrão and Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Modric, Asensio, Isco and Enzo.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano and Morata.

Hala Madrid y nada mas! #APorLa12

– Lozil

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