Debuts & Wednesday Training

1 Aug

Well, that was not exactly the result that we would have liked last night, but there were some positives.

And that was primarily all the player debuts:  New guys Vinicius Jr., Odriozola and Lunin got some time in as did academy players Javi Sánchez, Valverde, Reguilón and Sergio López.


Lopetegui: “The team had character and showed positives”
by Javier Garcia (Miami) | Photographer: Helios De La Rubia/Antonio Villalba

“There were things that made us happy and we move on”, he added.

Julen Lopetegui spoke to the press at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami speaking about Real Madrid’s first pre-season game: “The team had character and showed positives. There were no injuries and in general the team had an acceptable game. There were things that made us happy and we move on”.

“We all want to win all the time, but the key thing was not the result. In this preparation phase, we want to consolidate concepts. For them it was their fifth game and for us just our first. We handled the game well, they had two good shots on goal.”

The squad
“I am delighted with the team I have here. We have the challenge of reinventing the team without a player such as Cristiano Ronaldo. I want to make this team even better than before”.

“We have a squad chock full of excellent players, including Bale, and we want to have a good, united side.”

“He played a good game. He has gone from less to more, just like the rest of the team. He started a little shy, but then he came on in leaps and bounds. He is very young and has to adapt to this style of football and what we ask of players. I thought he played a good game.”

“At no time am I going to talk about players who are not at Real Madrid. I am thrilled with these goalkeepers that I have and I will not talk about players who are not part of this team.”


Odriozola: “This was the first test and we need to look for positives”
by Javier Garcia (Miami) | Photographer: Helios De La Rubia/Angel Martinez

“At the start we made errors but we came back to finish well”, admitted Llorente.

Odriozola spoke to the press after his debut with Real Madrid in the Manchester United match: “It was an unforgettable night for me. It’s something I won’t ever forget: debuting with Real Madrid is a tremendous source of pride. The boss told me to keep doing what I’ve been doing so far and to play with complete confidence. With players like Karim, Bale … everything is much easier, it’s a true pleasure to play alongside them.”

“We came away from that with good feelings. It was our first game and Manchester United had already played four or five games and they were more in their rhythm. What we have to do now is get our physical grit back, take the advice that Julen gives us and tactically work for the team. For the first test you have to show good signs and keep working to remain ready.”

“I see this team and our great players. We have very good strikers, Karim, Borja, Bale and Vinicius, who also did great things on their debut. I focus on the squad, for me we have the best players in the world. This team won the Champions League two months ago, so there is a very important quality here and we will fight to keep winning all the titles.”

Llorente: “We feel good”
“We feel good, at first it took a while, but then we played better and finished at a great level. This is our first game and you have to be calm and stay patient. Every coach has their own world and we have to adapt to the ideas the Julen brings, he asks us to adapt. My goal is to work hard every day and when the coach decides, I can play. My idea has always been to stay here, I want to grow at this club, succeed and win some titles.”

Cristiano’s departure
“It’s a personal decision for him, we have to respect him for everything he has given us over an incredible nine years. What he decides will be for the best. He is a great player and it is a big loss, but we have great players who can fill Cristiano’s boots. We will try to make up for such a loss.”

Today the players got back to work with a training session at Barry University as they prepare to meet Juventus on Saturday in Maryland.

And Sergio, after training on his own yesterday, joined the group for part of the session.

Benz, Isco, Carvajal, Nacho, Asensio and Borjita took part in an Audi event today as well.

And the players met with the fans for an autograph session.

– Lozil

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