Training | December 6, 2013
In the last training before facing Olímpic Xàtiva, 21 players were put through their paces. The keepers trained under coach Vecchi, while the 17 outfielders did muscle-building exercises and rapid ball work. The injured Khedira, Coentrão and Varane (who remained indoors) followed their usual regimens.
Injury update: In today’s presser, Ancelotti told the media that Varane is working hard to recover from his knee injury and ought to be back by January. He’ll start training with the team on Wednesday. Ronaldo is fully fit and will play against Copenhagen on Tuesday. [+]
The mister addressed the Morata rumors and said the player is happy and will be staying. If at the end of the season he changes his mind, then the club will think about facilitating a loan move.
Alonso’s renewal, while important, isn’t a priority at the moment. The focus right now is finishing the rest of 2013 well. However, the club has talked to Xabi and Ancelotti believes the player will make a decision soon. In regards to Saturday’s game, Xabi is not called up because of the artificial turf they will play on. It’s best he not play on that type of surface.
No starting XI nods were given. Carletto acknowledged the quality of the younger players, who he has faith in. They’ve got nothing to prove; their chances will come. It’s just that they have the misfortune of competing against the likes of Ronaldo, Bale, Modrić, etc.
Squad list (18 players)
Absences: Coentrão, Khedira, Varane (injury) | Ronaldo (sanction) | Alonso (technical decision)