Preparing For Tottenham

15 Oct

Benz and Cris saved the day yesterday, the latter getting his first La Liga goal of the season. The team returned to training today in preparation of Tuesday’s Champions League match vs. Tottenham.

Training

Yesterday’s starters did a recovery session indoors and most of them did some running on the pitch as well.  Belman, Jaume, Toni, Fidalgo and Mancebo of Castilla, and Moha from the U19s were called up for the session. Luca stayed indoors. Mateo, G-Money and Dani Carvajal continued their recoveries.  And in happy news, Keylor Navas returned to training with the group. (Video)

Interview

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Modric: “we need to stay strong, in order to win more Champions League titles in the coming years”

“Zidane brings calm and stability and he has created a really positive atmosphere amongst the team”, Stated the Croatian midfielder.

The Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric spoke to UEFA eabout the game against Tottenham as part of Champions League match day three. It is a team he knows well, having sent four seasons with the North London side: “Tottenham have vastly improved as a club and become a team ready to compete for the Premier League title”.

You’re going to be playing for Real Madrid against Tottenham, your old club. What memories do you have from your time there?
Tottenham was my first international club. I spent four glorious years there and the fans were brilliant with me. I only have good memories. It’s a shame it won’t be at White Hart Lane but Wembley is also a fantastic stadium and playing there is a real honour. Tottenham have really strengthened as a club. They have invested heavily, they have a new training ground and stadium and become a team ready to compete for the Premier League title. They deserve it because of their tradition and fans. I wish them all the best, but not in the two games they play against us.

After your time at Tottenham you moved to Real Madrid. How do you see that move in terms of moving up to the next level?
After four seasons with Tottenham, where I had grown as much as possible, I needed new challenges for the sake of improving. Real Madrid were the ideal club for me, and when I knew they were interested, I couldn’t think about anything else. Signing for this club helped me move up to the next level. I am playing the best football of my career and feel better every day. Playing in the Santiago Bernabéu is special. It is the best stadium I have played in and I relish each moment. I hope that I have many more years to look forward to.

I’d like to ask you about Zidane. As an attacking midfielder, you must have grown up watching him play. How is it working under such a legend?
Having Zidane take training every day is special and we enjoy it. Our success over these couple of years is down to him. He brings calm and stability and he has created a really positive atmosphere. He makes sure all of the players feel important and valued. That is a hard thing to achieve at this kind of club but he has managed it. His character has played an important role and we all value him. He brings us all together and you can see that he has kept hold of a lot of aspects that made him a great player.

Real Madrid’s history is synonymous with the European Cup. Since arriving here, you’ve won three Champions League titles. What does that mean to you?
Playing at Real Madrid is something special in itself but winning trophies with Real Madrid is even more thrilling. We’ve won more Champions Leagues than anyone. I’m happy to have won three Champions League titles and even more so to have won twice in a row. We’ve won practically everything there is to win recently and we need to stay strong, in order to win more Champions League titles in the next few years.

In the last few years you’ve become one of the best midfielders in the world, a real linchpin for Real Madrid. How proud are you to wear the number 10 shirt for Real Madrid?
I’m hugely proud to wear the number 10 shirt at Real Madrid. It is a shirt with a lot of history, it’s my favourite and when I found out it was available I had to have it. Getting your favourite number on the back of your shirt is really special, especially when you’re at the biggest club in the world. I’m proud to wear it, but the key thing is what I do out on the pitch, how I play and the goals I score. At the end of the day it is just a number, but it means a lot to me.

– Lozil

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