Off To The UEFA SuperCup

13 Aug

The team headed off for Tallinn, Estonia to meet Atleti in the UEFA Super Cup.

Training

But before they headed out they had a final training session. Both Odriozola and Vallejo worked indoors as they are injured. (Video)

Travel

The team made the trip to Tallin wearing their new official Hugo Boss suits. Looking sharp, gentleman! (Video)

Call Ups

29 players were chosen to travel to the UEFA Super Cup. (Video)

Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla, Luca, Lunin and Courtois.
Defenders: Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Reguilón, Javi Sánchez and S. López.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, M. Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos and F. Valverde.
Strikers: Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, B. Mayoral, Raúl de Tomás and Vinicius.

Interviews

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Lopetegui: “Winning and being more and more ambitious is the DNA of Real Madrid”

“The Super Cup has all the conditions to be a great game,” said the coach in an interview with UEFA’s official media.

Julen Lopetegui gave an interview to the official UEFA media on the occasion of the European Super Cup, which will face Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid in Tallinn (Wednesday, 9pm, Movistar Champions League). The coach explained his feelings for the first game title of the season: “Winning is the goal we all pursue and we try to prepare ourselves to do it. It is what we are focused on with full attention. ”

What do you expect from the European Supercup, your first official match, which is a derby in turn?
My first official match is a final. A meeting that Real Madrid has won the chance to play once more. And we will try to prepare very well for that match against a rival obviously very powerful, complicated, that we know well and that, in addition, is neighbor. It has all the conditioning factors to be a great match and a great final. This is how we will treat it and we will prepare it. We are delighted that our first match could be that final.

What would it mean for you to win a title in your first official match as coach of Madrid?
Winning is always the goal for all coaches. But more than thinking about what it would mean, we try to prepare ourselves to be able to win it. It is what we are focused on and what we are with full attention.

What is a derby makes it more special?
No. The word pressure is inherent to Real Madrid. This club has the obligation to win everything. There is no more pressure because it is against Atlético de Madrid or against another team. It is a final and it is a title, and that circumstance is what forces us all and motivates us.

How do you face the challenge of competing in the Champions League with a team that has won the last three editions of the competition?
Always the most difficult thing is to win again. Do it also raising awareness of the collective capacity of the team, empowering, this word and trying to be more and more ambitious. The DNA of Real Madrid is that. The DNA of the Real Madrid player is that. And the DNA of the Real Madrid coach must be that.

What does it mean for you to train Real Madrid and what have been your first sensations?
Very good The truth is that the club what it does is give us facilities to all the professionals that we are so that we can develop in the best way our work, and in that we are privileged. We are happy to take on this responsibility and delighted with the response of the guys so far.

Did you ever imagine being the coach of this club?
I was lucky to enjoy 18 years of my profession. A lot of those years I enjoyed at Real Madrid. Surely the most important part, which was the formation of the person and the footballer, and that undeniably marks you in your career. At that time it was not clear to me that I would be a coach. That feeling grows and you try to shape it when your career is ending.

What is your philosophy as a coach and what can we expect from Madrid this season?
We will try to be a great team, strengthen the collective aspects and the individual quality in benefit of a collective idea and work for it. Have a clear and defined pattern that enhances all the individual qualities that, without any doubt, the Real Madrid players have. In addition, these players have that mental plus that is required of a player of the highest level. And that will also try to take advantage of it.

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Benzema: “The UEFA Super Cup is a trophy that we will give our all to win”

“There is a lot of pressure and high expectations at the start of each season, that’s why I love this club”, said the striker.

Benzema spoke to UEFA prior to the first official match of the season between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid (Wednesday, 9:00 pm CEST) with the UEFA Super Cup up for grabs. The Frenchman spoke about the team’s success in recent years: “We’ve been through a golden age at Real Madrid with all the titles we’ve won. I think we’ve built a solid team season after season, as well as giving the best of ourselves in order to get as far as possible”.

The UEFA Super Cup is a title that you’ve got used to winning in recent years, much like the Champions League, what does this first big game of the season mean to you?
It means a great deal because the UEFA Super Cup is another trophy and we all know when you play for Real Madrid that you must win. It’s a title we will give our all to win. It will be hard, but we have a fresh team and it would be good to start the season by winning it.

What did it mean to Benzema to score a goal in a Champions League final?
It was a special goal, but it wasn’t easy to score. I knew how to anticipate what the goalkeeper was about to do. It meant a lot to me, not just that goal, but the entire final. I think I put in a big performance. It might have been one of my best games in a Real Madrid jersey, and I was lucky that that game was an important final.

And what did you think of Bale’s goal in that match?
It was very impressive. Liverpool had drawn level but he hit back with that bicycle kick. It was fantastic for the team and for him.

You’ve played more than one hundred matches in the Champions League, what do you put it down to?
That’s something that I’m very proud of. It shows how ambitious I am and the hunger I always have. I want to continue scoring more and more goals and continue to provide assists for my teammates. These are numbers that fill me with pride and that always give me that extra motivation to want to go even further.

What´s it been like to win four Champions Leagues in five years?
We’ve enjoyed a golden age at Real Madrid with all the titles we’ve won. I think we’ve been able to build a solid team season after season, as well as give the best of ourselves to get as far as possible. There is a lot of pressure and high expectations at the beginning of every season, and that’s why I love this club.

Are you aware that this streak of titles brings you closer to the feat of the team of the fifties?
We know that winning three consecutive Champions Leagues is not something that any team can do, because it’s a very tough competition. But we’ve got a very powerful squad, with a lot of character, and we managed to demonstrate that out on the field. We also showed the world that we were the best, we showed the desire we had and how respectful we always are of our opponents.

You’re about to start your tenth season at Real Madrid, how do you think you’ve changed since you arrived in Madrid when you were very young?
I think I’ve matured a lot. I’ve also developed my game. I’ve gained a lot of experience at a club that’s the best in the world. It was a little complicated during the early years, but I always fought hard and I had the aim to play and play well at this club.

What advice do you give young players who come to Real Madrid?
The only thing I can tell them is to work hard, always give their best and aim to bring something different to this club.

Courtois Unveiled

Thibaut Courtois was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player on August 9th. (Video)

Out On Loan

Theo Hernández has moved to Real Sociedad on loan for the upcoming season.

Santiago Bernabeu Trophy

The Santiago Bernabeu remained at home with us as Los Blancos beat AC Milan 3-1 on Saturday. It’s our first silverware of the new era. Let’s hope we get many, many more!

The UEFA Super Cup match will take place on Wednesday, August 15th.

– Lozil

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