Ready To Face Athletic & ICC 2018 Schedule

17 Apr

The team had their final training session before welcoming Athletic Bilbao to the Bernabeu tomorrow.


It was all hands on deck today with the exception of Nacho who did some running on the pitch as part of his recovery work. (Video)



Zidane: “We are the best club and every day there are more madridistas”
by Javier Garcia

“Athletic compete very well and we have to be ready, especially when it comes to their strengths like the second ball and crossing”, he added.

Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room at Real Madrid City after leading the final training session ahead of the game against Athletic at the Santiago Bernabéu (Wednesday, 9:30pm CEST). The coach was again questioned on the issue of anti-Madrid sentiment: “It’s always existed, but I think that every day there are more madridistas than antimadridistas because it’s the best club. It’s the club with the most fans and this is growing every day. It’s better to talk about the positives”.

“The issue of social networks is different. 10 years ago it didn’t happen. Today we live in this world and we have to live with it. But I’m interested in the fact that there are more madridistas in the world”.

“They’re a team that don’t not deserve to be where they are in the table. Maybe more was expected this year because they’re a very good team that competes very well. They’re a complete team that will come here to try to pick up points. We have to be ready, especially when it comes to their strengths: the second ball, crossing… We have to be switched on to these situations”.

“The most important thing for us is to try to get back to second place, which is our goal. We climbed back up to third, tomorrow we’re playing at home and we want to get closer to second place and we’ll try to put in a good performance”.

100 victories
“I’m lucky to have a top team and great players. I’m really enjoying it but I have to keep my feet on the ground. The DNA of this club is to keep winning and we’ll continue working. I’ve reached 100 wins but you have to move on”.

Break this weekend
“We’ve had periods this season where we’ve played a lot. The fixture list has fallen so that we don’t play this weekend but it’s good as it’ll help us prepare for the Bayern match. It’s nice to have a week to prepare now and again”.

Bale and Benzema
“We’re all on the same side and we need all the players. They don’t come across as sad to me. They’re training well. Of course, both would like to score more goals, but they are working well. It always happens in a team where you have some players on good form and that is what happening at the minute. We’ve got very good players and I have to evaluate that”.

“We all know Karim’s qualities and what he contributes to the fluidity of the team. It’s true that he has to score goals and he knows that. I already said that he’s not happy when he doesn’t score with the chances he has. But the solution is to keep working. It’s simply a goal drought. At the start of the season we had a collective drought and it’s the same for Karim. He has to keep working because I’m sure he’ll score soon”.

Threats to the Champions League referee
“We’ve talked about it, what they’re saying is an exaggeration but I’m not here to talk about this again. What we have to do is to think about tomorrow’s game and also prepare for the one a week from now”.

Refereeing against Bayern
“We’re going to do our job and the referee his. I’m not going to comment on anything because we’re going around in circles and everyone will get on with their own job”.

“There was no need to sign a goalkeeper. We have three and we’re happy with them. We will talk about the future at the end of the season”.

“It’s a problem for Bayern because he’s an important player. We’re upset that he’s injured, but nothing changes. They’re a team with a very good squad and great players that can fill in”.

Togetherness against the critics
“These things have always existed. Maybe they’ve talked about it in the dressing room, but I’ve not spoken to them. There’s not need to go over it again. The important thing is that we know what we’re doing every day. In general, people respect who we are”.

“I’m not here to talk every day and defend ourselves. The only thing, if I see something unfair or that we are disrespected, I have to say something. But everyone can have a say in the debate”.

International Champions Cup 2018

The ICC 2018 schedule has been announced. Real Madrid’s opponents this year will be Roma, Manchester United and Juventus.  Here are RM’s matches:

Real Madrid vs. Manchester United
Tuesday, July 31
Miami, FL/Hard Rock Stadium

Real Madrid vs. Juventus
Saturday, August 4
Washington, DC/FedEx Field

Real Madrid vs. AS Roma
Tuesday, August 7
East Rutherford, NJ/MetLife Stadium (NYC Metro area)

Tickets will go on sale May 1st for the US dates but visit the ICC website for the full schedule of all teams/dates and to sign up for a pre-sale code.

– Lozil

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