Training | July 17, 2013
Sixty-seven days after a meniscus injury, Raphaël Varane returned to the practice pitch. He joined the rest of the team for the warmup portion of training. Afterwards, he joined Asier Illarramendi and Xabi Alonso inside. Fábio Coentrão had permission to miss training for personal reasons. AS reports the matter had to do with his father. Thursday’s 10:30 training will be open to press for 15 minutes.
Even though they aren’t expected back until later in the month, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas made appearances at Valdebebas to meet the new coaching staff. Ramos even did some gym work on Tuesday. Marcelo, also on break, has been using social media to show his preparation for the upcoming season.
The completion of the players residence means the team will spend even more time together. Ancelotti and his staff were the first to use it, and going forward the players will spend concentraciónes here. Marca describes a typical day lasting from nine in the morning to seven at night. Their meals will be eaten at the complex, and common rooms are available to relax and mingle with their teammates.