Training In Chicago & More

1 Aug

I certainly am doing a bang up job at missing this entire pre-season, aren’t I? This time, at least, I have a legit excuse.

Started feeling crummy the weekend before this one just past but figured it was the super hot weather. Got progressively sicker as the week progressed and finally, on Thursday, I woke up and felt a large painful lump in my stomach. So I did what any intelligent person would do, I went to work. Ugh, I am an idiot. (No excuse, but I had a bunch of really important meetings) but by about 4 PM, I realized I had to get to a doctor ASAP. I did, was immediately sent to the emergency room for tests, admitted and had emergency abdominal surgery early Friday morning. If I had waited much longer, the situation would have been extremely serious.  So let this be a cautionary tale to you. If you feel crappy, don’t ignore it! This is so not what I wanted to do with my weekend or next few weeks, for that matter. But luckily I’m doing okay and recovering, slow but sure. It’s going to be awhile though. I wasn’t up to watching El Clasico and spent the bulk of the past 4 days asleep. So I am well and truly behind everything pre-season.

Looking forward to (hopefully) catching tomorrow night’s match vs. the MLS All-Stars. It would be nice to see some of the tour before it ends!


The team trained today at Soldier Field in Chicago and the fans got to attend the session. (Video)

They boys also signed autographs for some lucky fans today.



Zidane: “We’ve worked very well and we’re hoping to have a good game”
by Javier Garcia (Chicago) | Photographers: Helios De La Rubia/Antonio Villalba

“There’s not long until the first official game and I think we’ll be going in to it in good shape”, said the coach.

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media after training at Soldier Field the day before the match against the MLS All-Star team: (Wednesday 8pm local time, 3am CEST). The coach spoke about the game: “We’re hoping to play well and win the match. But the most important thing is to finish the last match well. We’ve worked very well and not picked up any injuries. We’ve got this game and then there’s not long to go until the first official match on the 8th. After these four game we’ll be in good shape. The most important thing is to finish well and then return home”.

“Physically the team looks good to me. We’ve worked hard, like last year. I’m not happy with the results, but in the matches there have been very good things and some not so good things, but that’s normal in every pre-season”.

Career as coach
“I’m passionate, I’ve always liked being on a football field as a player and a coach. The day that I see that I am not happy I’ll change. But at the moment I like what I do and I’m happy. I’m at the best club in the world and I’m writing my history as a player and now as a coach”.

MLS All-Stars
“We don’t know how they’re going to play, but we do know how we’re going to play. It’s a very good team and it’s going to be an interesting match. We’re looking forward to a good match for everyone and for the fans”.

“Chicago is a very nice city, it’s not the first time I’ve been here. It’s a charming city and we also have the support of the fans. They don’t have the opportunity to see Real Madrid normally and tomorrow we’ve got a game and we’d like to play well”.

“He looks good to me, little by little, he’s had a long injury. The pre-season has been very good since the beginning. I’m not worried about his performance, because the whole team has had good moments and not as good moments”.

“He is calm, taking advantage of the holidays. Now that he is over 31 he’s relaxed and he’ll be with us on the 5th. We hope that after the 5th we’ll not be speaking about this. I’ve not spoken to him directly. He’s already happy because it’s over. It’s been good news for him and now he’s already thinking about football. He wants to be with us and talk about football and prepare for the season”.

The under-21 players
“Everyone is going to have minutes and from the beginning. The idea is that everyone will have minutes. Those who have played more, less, and vice versa”.


Kroos: “We want to win and go in to the game against Manchester United in good shape”

“Seeing the fans you realise that you are at the biggest team in the world”, he added.

Toni Kroos appeared with Zidane at Soldier Field in the press room after the last pre-match training session before facing the MLS All-Stars this Thursday (3am CEST). The German midfielder said: “We’ll try to win, as always. It’s the last game and we want to finish pre-season with a victory. It’s important go in to next week’s match against Manchester United feeling good”.

“I feel good, training with the team. The ankle is fine, I’ll have a few minutes tomorrow. It’s going to be an important match, it always is when you wear this shirt, you have to go out and win. It’s the last game before the important things start. Our goal is to go in to the next game in good shape so it’s important to win”.

“We’re at an excellent level. We’ve worked very well here. I feel very positive physically after these three weeks of training”.

“I’ve not seen him for some time but he has told me that he is happy here and I wish him all the best”.

“Sometimes it’s crazy where we go: United States, China, Europe…The fans are always happy to see us and there is always madness. They’re happy to see us train and play. When you see it, you realise you’re at the biggest team in the world, there’s no other team like this”.

“It’s the first time I’ve been here. We arrived last night and I have not had much time but the city seems wonderful. Football is improving in the United States. In Europe we’re seeing how many excellent players have come here who have had great careers. This league has a lot of quality, perhaps not as much as Spain or Germany but everyone says it’s brilliant”.

Upcoming matches

It’s going to be an action packed August – 7 matches in total will be played.

Wednesday, August 2 vs. MLS All-Stars in Chicago. (International Champions Cup)

Tuesday, August 8 vs. Manchester United in Skopje, Macedonia  (UEFA Super Cup)

Sunday, August 13 vs. Barcelona in Barcelona (First leg, Spanish Super Cup)

Wednesday, August 16 vs. Barcelona in Madrid (Return leg, Spanish Super Cup)

Sunday, August 20 vs. Deportivo de La Coruña in A Coruña (La Liga Match Day #1)

Wednesday, August 23 vs. Fiorentina in Madrid (Santiago Bernabeu Trophy)

Sunday, August 27 vs. Valencia in Madrid (La Liga Match Day #2

– Lozil

7 Responses to “Training In Chicago & More”

  1. camimadridista August 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    Lozil, scary story, but glad to hear you are recovering well. As a native Chicagoan, it was amazing to see the team here in my city. Looking forward to the game tomorrow!
    Be Well!

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 3, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

      Thank you so much. I’m doing a bit better each day. Did you enjoy the game? Looks like it was really pouring – hope you were able to stay dry.

      • camimadridista August 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm #

        The game was enjoyable, although I hate for games to be decided by p.k’s and I thought Madrid should have blown out the All-Stars. Got pretty wet, but neither, rain, sleet or snow would have deterred me.
        Hope you are continuing to feel better.

        • headbandsandheartbreak August 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

          I am so glad you got to go! And, I too, hate a match that goes to penalties. So annoying. I was shocked that Dom Dwyer didn’t score his (but good on you, Luca Zidane!)

          I’m doing better thanks – had a bit a set back but I’m improving now. Thank you!

  2. M August 2, 2017 at 4:59 am #

    That sounds absolutely horrible. I hope no pray that you feel better soon.

    • M August 2, 2017 at 5:00 am #

      AND *facepalm*

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 3, 2017 at 11:31 pm #

      Thank you so much. It was horrible and scary but it could have been so much worse. I’m getting better and feeling stronger every day so that’s positive.

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