All Set To Meet Malaga!

24 Nov

After that midweek goal fiesta, it’s time to get back to La Liga. We welcome Malaga to the Bernabeu tomorrow.

Training

The team had their final training session today. G-Money and a be-masked Sergio returned to the group.  All available players were on the pitch along with Moha from the U19s.  Luca continues his recovery and the newly injured Asensio (Booooo!) worked out indoors. (Video)

Presser

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Zidane: “We’ll have to play very well against Málaga”
by Javier Garcia

“They’re a team that don’t deserve to be where they are in the table and they play pretty well”, said the coach.

Zidane appeared in the press room at Real Madrid City after the last training session ahead of the game against Málaga (Saturday, 4:15pm CET). The coach spoke about the Andalusian team’s visit: “They’re a team that don’t deserve to be where they are in the table. They play good football and have won two of the last three matches. We know it’ll be another difficult match and we’ll have to play very well”.

“Defensively the team is looking very good, we’ll try to keep a clean sheet and score goals. It’s the best way to win the game. I’m happy because it means we’re doing well. It’s not a matter of two or three players, but the whole team and we are doing better”.

Valencia-Barcelona
“One of the two will drop points. I’m interested in our match, get the three points and then see what happens on Sunday in that game. Something will happen for sure. I didn’t imagine being 10 points behind. Every match is decisive. We’re on the right track, we have a lot of energy and we’re positive. We have a disadvantage, but these games are going to be important”.

Ramos
“You’ll see tomorrow if he plays, he’ll play when he’s ready. I’m not afraid of anything. If he can’t play, someone else will play and I’m sure they’ll do well”.

Cristiano and Benzema’s goals
“It’s what we all needed. There are very positive signs. You could say that APOEL were easy, but it wasn’t like that. We played very well and made it look easy. That change has already happened, both worked well during the week and I know I don’t have to worry during the game”.

Bale
“We know what he can give us. He’s very strong, powerful and technically good. He’s worked hard and has done very well in the matches he has played with this club. There’s a lot of talk that he’s injured, that he has spent a lot of time out, playing three games and then missing one. But he’s very important for us. He knows that, I know it and everyone else does. I don’t know when he’ll play. Today he’s trained with us, he’s in fine shape physically and not in pain. We’ll see when he’s going to play”.

“I prefer to have Gareth available, obviously. He can give us his strength, he’s very good, fast, he’s a crosser and works hard. He brings a lot to the team. The important thing for everyone and for his mood is that he is with us and that he starts playing. That can take away the negative things that could be around him”.

Bale’s state
“This time it’ll take less to get him right. The second injury wasn’t a long one. We have to get Gareth back to 100%. I don’t think he needs a lot of time to re-find his form because he has already trained with us and he looks good to me. Gareth, Keylor and Kovacic are ready and may or may not be in the squad”.

Carvajal’s yellow card in the Champions League
“I’m surprised at the fuss they’re kicking up around this. Dani didn’t look for anything, it’s just another thing and we’ll see what happens”.

Absences
“This is football. Casualties are part of the game, I don’t look for excuses. The 10 points are not just down to the injuries, it’s a bit of everything and I’m responsible. We have to try to reduce the distance, we’re convinced we can do so. What has happened has happened and what we have to do is look forward”.

Asensio
“We’re going to send out the medical report. It’s nothing serious but he has something. It’s better to lose him for three or four days than to continue and make it worse”.

Míchel
“I think he’s a good coach. He’s done good things as a player and as a coach. He’s got a team that plays pretty well”.

Call Ups

The following 19 players were called up for the match. (Video)

Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla and Moha.
Defenders: Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Marcelo and Theo.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, M. Llorente, Isco, Kovacic and Ceballos.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez and B. Mayoral.

Concentración

The players are now settled in at their residence in Real Madrid City where they will remain until match time tomorrow.

First off, I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a wonderful time with friends and family. Tomorrow morning, I’m setting off on vacation and will be out of the country for almost 2 weeks. While I will have my laptop with me, I’m not sure how often I will be logging on. Probably in the evenings for a short time. So I’ve left you Drools through my return and I will post when I can. This is a long overdue vacation – the first substantial one I’ve taken since mygypsyspirit and I went to Spain for El Clasico and I’m really looking forward to it!

Sadly, I’ll be flying when tomorrow’s game kicks off, but I’ll be sending lots of good vibes to Los Blancos for a victory.

HALA MADRID!

– Lozil

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