José Mourinho again supervised the squad’s two-a-day sessions. The morning’s training began with a 15-minute window open to the press. Rui Faria was on hand to lead the 22 players in warmups then sprints. Players ended the session pairing up in resistance training.
Following the session was Gonzalo Higuaín’s press conference. According to Cuatro, the last player to give one was José Callejón during last season’s Champions League. In response to Sandro Rosell’s statement about La Liga’s “strange season”, the striker replied, “100 points, 121 goals, victory in the Camp Nou - yeah, it was a strange season, but a spectacular one for us.”
In addition to his favorable comments about rumored signing Luka Modric, Higuaín also gave his thoughts on what to expect from him this campaign. ”I’m stubborn and don’t like to give in. I’ll fight for my place, which is what I’ve done since my first season here.“
The evening training focused more on tactics & ball work. The final exercise was a game in which Aitor Karanka participated. Those vested in blue won 2-1, with goals coming from Kaká & Gonzalo Higuaín.
For the second day, Ricardo Cavalho was absent from practice; Fernando Gago also failed to make an appearance. A closed training resumes Wednesday at 5:30. There will be no press conference.
In other news. The RFEF announced that the second leg of the Supercopa is moving up a day (August 29). Both legs will kick off at 10:30 pm CEST.
“UEFA have asked the Spanish federation (RFEF) to change the date for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, from August 30th to the 29th,” the RFEF said in a statement on Tuesday.
“So that it does not coincide with the gala put on by European football’s governing body in Monaco.”
There are conflicting reports on the return of the Euro 2012 players. In conflict with Marca’s published dates, El Mundo & Europa Press report that Karim Benzema will appear at Valdebebas on July 23 & the remaining players on July 28.
José Mourinho has added another member to his technical staff. Luis Campos is a former coach & TV commentator who has joined Real Madrid as club scout.
Gonzalo Higuaín will be speaking in Real Madrid’s first media address of the season. It takes place after the conclusion of the morning training, which starts at 10 o’clock. The presser will be live on realmadrid.com & RMTV.
Mourinho & company returned to Valdebebas this morning to kick off the new campaign. Before the 10 am session, the players took their medical examinations.
Ángel di María & Álvaro Morata were the first to arrive, & La Sexta reports that Nuri Sahin was the last. Thirteen of Castilla’s men were on hand, including Morata, whose first team promotion has yet to be confirmed by the club.
David Mateos, Castilla’s recent signing, returned this summer from a loan spell at AEK Athens.
Notable absentees from today’s trainings were all of the Euro players & Marcelo, who’s preparing for the London Olympics. Ricardo Carvalho was given permission to skip, further supporting the rumor of a departure. After spending the previous season at AS Roma, Fernando Gago was back at Valdebebas. Various reports say that Gago is looking for a return to Boca Juniors, since he is not in Mourinho’s plans this season.
Silvino Louro worked with the keepers during the morning session, while Rui Faria led the others through stretching exercises & an obstacle course run. When the players returned for the 5:30 session, they participated in more intense ball work.
The club will resume training Tuesday at 10 o’clock. The first 15 minutes will be open to the press. A press conference will also be held but no confirmation on who will address the press.
In other news. UEFA published the shortlist for the 2012 Europe’s Best Player Award. The list of three finalists will be announced on uefa.com on August 14th, then a live vote will take place to reveal the winner.
Moving up three places from last year, Real Madrid earned the second spot in Forbes’ list of most valuable sports teams. Real Madrid was the world’s most profitable club in 2011 & held a value of $1.88 billion.
- 1.30 am 2 am, sometimes I take pills, tranquilizers
-Do you like take a nap?
- Yeah,15:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m, the nap is sacred, if I miss one, am not a person.
-When you come on holiday to Argentina. Do your neighbors ring the bell of your home?
-Not because they know me since a child, I live in the same neighborhood as always, and everybody knows everybody, they become happy, but don’t feel the fanaticism.
”I know one minute of our time makes a person happy, but it bothers me when people ask me for a picture and don’t have the camera ready.”
- Are you using Twitter more often?
-I’m not a fan of Twitter, and I think sometimes things are misinterpreted.
-But you have almost one million followers.
-Yes I’m happy but I don’t tweeting as much as those who write nonsense like ”I’m eating Chocolinas with chocolatada” (argentinian cookies with hot chocolate). I don’t like.
-When I’m in a bad mood and I get home and my parents are there, I close myself off, I don’t express how I’m feeling. And perhaps our paths won’t cross the entire day at home. I don’t easily express myself outwardly.”
-Do as the girls, have your diary intimate … ‘Dear diary, today Cristiano didn’t pass me the ball. Today Mou gave me only 20 minutes’.
- Hhahahahahahahha no!
”Sergio Ramos is the funniest on the squad and is the one most like us Argentinians. I have a good relationship with him, with Albiol also I have a great relationship.”
”I am very fan of Sabina, El Canto del Loco, cumbia argentina, sometimes I hear reguetton. In the dressing room listening to a lot Calamaro, Marcelo puts reggaeton, Sergio puts flamenco, Xabi is retro.”
-Do you cook?
-No, the other day I tried to do sausages and mash and was a mess, it took me three hours.
After Real Madrid’s last game, the entire stadium chanted for Gonzalo Higuaín to stay. He toldAS in an exclusive interview, “In the five years I’ve been in Madrid, that was one of the moments, if not the best moment I experienced at the club. Those moments stay with you forever.”
‘I’m excited for what’s about to come for Real Madrid’ ‘They signed my shirt just like they did when i won the other two leagues’ ‘It’s been a stressful season but i am happy to have won the league’ ‘The ovation i received at the Bernabeu was the best in my entire life’
Gonzalo Higuain, confiming to AS (27th May 2012) that he’ll stay in Madrid