Time To Meet Juventus

2 Apr

And they’re off to Turin! The Champions League is back!

Travel

The team made the short 90 minute flight to Turin and then headed to the Golden Palace Hotel, where they will be headquartered pre-match. (Video)

Training

The ‘Peez was in attendance for the training session at Juventus Stadium. The entire squad made the trip and everyone trained with the exception of Nacho who is injured.  (Video)

Presser

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Zidane: “This tie bears no relation to the Cardiff final”
by Javier Garcia (Turin) | Photographer: Antonio Villalba/Angel Martinez

“Juventus are a strong all-round side but we’re ready to put in a good performance”, he commented.

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press gathered in a packed media room at the Juventus Stadium, with the madridista coach previewing the encounter and expressing his confidence in his side: “We’ll try and put on a good display, that’s what we do best. You’ve got to be ready for it and I think we are. This game bears no relation to what happened 10 months ago. What has happened is now in the past and we must focus on this tie and put in a good performance tomorrow”.

“There haven’t been that many changes for us since the final. It’s pretty much the same set of players. Since then, our season hasn’t gone as well as we had hoped. We’ve got players coming back for this game and everyone is available apart from Nacho. I’ve got some selection headaches, but that’s good news for everyone”.

Cardiff final
“This game is totally different to that one. It has nothing to do with what happened then. We did well in that game but this is completely different. The way we set up might be different or it might not, all will be revealed tomorrow. I like all of the systems we play. I like to change things around and play in different ways: with a 4-4-2, a 4-3-3, look to the wings… I haven’t got a particular preference”.

Squad
“There are no guaranteed starters in this squad. I’ve got 24 very good players and I’m going to use them all. Some of them get more game time at certain points of the season, but they’re all important. Isco is just another member of the squad. Things might be different with Spain because they only play eight games, but here we have 60 matches. They’ll all be important and my thinking won’t change on that”.

“We always go out to win, that’s our aim. The idea is always to beat whoever we’re up against. What has gone before, be it good or bad, doesn’t count for anything. We’ve never beaten them in a knockout tie but we’re here to try and change that”.

Struggles in ties against Juventus
“I’m not sure what it is. It’s not worth thinking too much about that or the games in which we’ve beaten them. It’s a different tie and we need to prepare well for it because it’s an important one for both teams”.

His time at Juventus
“I learnt a great deal as a player and a person in those five years. I moved here from France and it was a massive change and they welcomed me in as if I was family. I hold fond memories of my time here. I’ve now moved on and we’re focusing on this game with Real Madrid. My memories of the Amsterdam final? It always hurts when you lose”.

Juventus’s season
“They’re having a fine season. They’re a strong all-round side and we’ll have to keep a close eye on them, both in attack and defence. Despite what people might say, Juve are having a good year. I’ve watch a lot of their games and they’re playing well”.

A future Juventus coach?
“You can never say never, but I’m happy where I am. I’m not thinking about the future, I just concentrate on taking things day by day at Real Madrid. You know what football and Real Madrid are like. The clubs’ DNAs are the same: fighting right until the end and focusing on winning every game”.

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Modric: “In these sorts of games, experience is key”
by Javier Garcia (Turin) | Photographer: Antonio Villalba/Angel Martinez

“I’m feeling strong and hope to keep up the form I’ve shown in our recent matches”, stated the Croatian midfielder.

Luka Modric addressed the press gathered inside the media room at the Juventus Stadium ahead of the Champions League quarter-final showdown between Juventus and Real Madrid (Tuesday, 8:45pm CEST), with the Whites’ midfielder previewing the clash in the following terms: “In these sorts of games, the most important aspects are your experience and the fine margins, which can prove to be key in matches like tomorrow’s. This encounter sees two teams that boast real quality go head-to-head and a key factor will be which of the sides makes the fewest mistakes and takes full advantage of their chances to win the game”.

“I’m feeling good. I haven’t got any of the discomfort that I felt in the last few games and that’s the most important thing for me. I’m feeling strong and hope to keep up the form I’ve shown in our recent matches. Let’s see how we set up, the coach will tell us everything tonight and tomorrow about how we’re going to approach the game but that’s all I can tell you”.

Benzema
“Benzema is in very good shape despite the fact that, as you point out, he’s not scoring, but he has weighed in with goals in important games and he brings other things to the table, like assists and he makes a big contribution in other areas. We’re really happy with him and long may it continue”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“Cristiano has great confidence in his ability. He’s in fantastic form, has scored a lot of goals and it’s important for us that he’s firing on all cylinders. With Cristiano in this sort of form, we have a better chance of winning games and getting through this tie”.

“Let’s see how the coach plays it. What I will say about Isco is that he’s a terrific player, he’s really important to us and that’s all there is to say, but the coach is the one who will ultimately make the decision. It’s good when others talk in positive terms about you and the team. It proves that they respect us, just as we respect them. They’re a fine side and have some good players”.

Bale
“He’s doing very well. He’s happy and is training well. It’s been a tough season for him, what with the injuries he has had, but of late he’s feeling good in terms of his fitness. He’s on a good goalscoring run and we all know what Bale is capable of. He’s got great quality and his contribution is very important for us because he really helps us out in terms of his pace and ability to get in behind. It’s important that he feels good fitness-wise and that’s all there is to it”.

Starting line-up
“I think that we’ve shown so far this season and in recent years that regardless of who plays we’re able to put in very good performances. The most important thing for me is that we all run and fight together out on the pitch and I don’t mind whether it’s Bale or Isco that plays because both of them are key players and have a great deal to offer. The coach is always the one who decides. Both of them offer real quality and give the team a lot of options”.

Let’s get out there and get the job done, gentlemen! HALA MADRID!

– Lozil

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