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July 2014
21

Real Madrid arrive in LA | July 21, 2014 
The team landed at LAX jus before 4:15 pm local time (1:15 in Madrid). The players used the more than 12-hour flight to relax, read, listen to music, watch movies, and play cards. 
They will remain at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the first part of the trip. At this time there is no news of the team’s accommodations for the remainder of the tour.
Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, and Xabi Alonso cut their holidays short to travel with the team despite having a couple extra days off. Unfortunately, it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo may be postponing his arrival until Saturday. Marca reports he will continue receiving treatment on his knee. 

Real Madrid arrive in LA | July 21, 2014 

The team landed at LAX jus before 4:15 pm local time (1:15 in Madrid). The players used the more than 12-hour flight to relax, read, listen to music, watch movies, and play cards.

They will remain at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the first part of the trip. At this time there is no news of the team’s accommodations for the remainder of the tour.

Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, and Xabi Alonso cut their holidays short to travel with the team despite having a couple extra days off. Unfortunately, it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo may be postponing his arrival until Saturday. Marca reports he will continue receiving treatment on his knee. 

June 2014
09

The Moment: One second can make or break the joy of millions of people. Life is full of moments, but one has to push and prepare oneself for this one moment. — Emilio Butragueño

June 2014
04

Injury updates

- Gareth Bale withdrew from Wales’ friendly against the Netherlands for a “leg muscle injury" that has plagued him for a few weeks.  

- Pepe has been undergoing treatment on his leg at Portugal’s team hotel in New Jersey. He and Cristiano Ronaldo missed Portugal’s first friendly in the US.

- Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from two left leg injuries, confirmed by the FPF. The first is a hamstring muscle injury, and the second is patellar tendinosis. Despite these injuries, he has been working with the ball at the team’s practices in New Jersey. ESPN reports that Ronaldo is hoping to be fit in time for Portugal’s World Cup opener against Germany.

June 2014
02

Seven Real Madrid players have been selected to represent UEFA’s 18-man best squad of 13/14. There is no designated starting XI.

Seven Real Madrid players have been selected to represent UEFA’s 18-man best squad of 13/14. There is no designated starting XI.

May 2014
28
May 2014
28

Pre-match | Champions League final, 2014

May 2014
28

Pre-match | Champions League final, 2014

May 2014
24

Carlo Ancelotti’s presser is interrupted by players singing “Cómo no te voy a querer”. (May 24, 2014) | Champions League final, 2014

May 2014
22

Injury update 

Carlo Ancelotti told the press in Tuesday’s address that the two players who were the most doubtful for Saturday’s final were Pepe and Karim Benzema.

"I’m a realist and as of today they can’t play. There are four days left and we’ll make our final decision. If Pepe can’t play, Varane can take his place. As for Benzema, we can understand that the player isn’t at 100%, but if he has injury problems, it’s better if he doesn’t play. If we don’t think he’s risking an injury he’ll play."

- Ronaldo (hamstring) - trained normally Thursday; expected to play

- Benzema (groin) - still hasn’t trained with team; will reportedly undergo another test on Friday to see how his adductor responds

- Pepe (calf) - hasn’t trained with team; reportedly almost certain to miss the final 

May 2014
14

Training | May 12-13, 2014 
Despite having the second of two days off, a sizable group of players showed up to Valdebebas to train on Monday — Benzema, López, Arbeloa, Carvajal, Pepe, Di María, Marcelo, Nacho and Bale (?). 
The team was back at work Tuesday morning. Carvajal and Varane participated in some group work before going off on their own for individual exercises; Di María did solo work as well. López, Ronaldo, Pepe and Benzema stayed in the gym facilities. 
Wednesday’s practice begins at 11 o’clock.
News 
- Ancelotti in UEFA interview, on reaching the UCL final: “We’ve baked a good cake and, as we say in Italy, it’s time put the cherry on top to make it even sweeter.” [+]
- Marcelo turns 26.
- Alonso denies owing back taxes
- According to Marca, the organization that awards the Golden Shoe will decide on Wednesday if there should be a tie breaker. There is a possibility that appearances and minutes played will be deciding factors. If that’s the case (and Ronaldo - Suárez are still leaders), Ronaldo would win because of a better goal ratio; he played fewer games and fewer minutes.
- watch: Casillas and Ronaldo in Galaxy advert | snippets of Bale’s interview on The Clare Balding Show; airs Thursday at 9 PM CEST{1} {2} {3} {4} 
- UEFA decided, after Atleti’s request, the teams’ kit colors are distinguishable enough to allow both to wear their 1st kits in the Champions League final. The designated away team would usually have to wear their 2nd kit, but Atleti’s red/white striped shirts and blue shorts don’t clash with RM’s all white. 
- At the time of posting, every national team but Croatia has publicized their provisional World Cup squads. I will post that once it’s been confirmed, but this is likely the list of RM players involved. 
- Congratulations are in order for Pepe and girlfriend for the birth of their second child Emily.

Training | May 12-13, 2014 

Despite having the second of two days off, a sizable group of players showed up to Valdebebas to train on Monday — Benzema, López, Arbeloa, Carvajal, Pepe, Di María, Marcelo, Nacho and Bale (?).

The team was back at work Tuesday morning. Carvajal and Varane participated in some group work before going off on their own for individual exercises; Di María did solo work as well. López, Ronaldo, Pepe and Benzema stayed in the gym facilities.

Wednesday’s practice begins at 11 o’clock.

News 

- Ancelotti in UEFA interview, on reaching the UCL final: “We’ve baked a good cake and, as we say in Italy, it’s time put the cherry on top to make it even sweeter.” [+]

- Marcelo turns 26.

- Alonso denies owing back taxes

- According to Marca, the organization that awards the Golden Shoe will decide on Wednesday if there should be a tie breaker. There is a possibility that appearances and minutes played will be deciding factors. If that’s the case (and Ronaldo - Suárez are still leaders), Ronaldo would win because of a better goal ratio; he played fewer games and fewer minutes.

- watch: Casillas and Ronaldo in Galaxy advert | snippets of Bale’s interview on The Clare Balding Show; airs Thursday at 9 PM CEST{1} {2} {3} {4

- UEFA decided, after Atleti’s request, the teams’ kit colors are distinguishable enough to allow both to wear their 1st kits in the Champions League final. The designated away team would usually have to wear their 2nd kit, but Atleti’s red/white striped shirts and blue shorts don’t clash with RM’s all white.

- At the time of posting, every national team but Croatia has publicized their provisional World Cup squads. I will post that once it’s been confirmed, but this is likely the list of RM players involved.

- Congratulations are in order for Pepe and girlfriend for the birth of their second child Emily.

May 2014
11

Training | May 10, 2014 

Fifteen outfield players, including Ramos and Ronaldo, participated in the last practice of the week. The keepers worked with their GK coach. Absent were Pepe, Di María, Carvajal and Varane, who trained indoors.

Squad list | Preview 

Absences: Benzema, Carvajal, Di María, Jesé, Pepe, Ronaldo, Varane (injury)

Ancelotti press conference [+]

- Both Arbeloa and Khedira will be guaranteed playing time against  Celta.

- He and the team doctor mutually agreed that Ronaldo isn’t 100% yet so that’s why he won’t be playing Sunday.

News

- Injury update: A sore left knee (seen bandaged here) has kept Benzema off the call-up sheet. He’s reportedly been coping with discomfort since the Bayern match and pending development, could be reserved until the final on the 24th. According to Marca, RM’s medical staff have told Pepe he should be fit in time for the UCL final.

- a newly renovated Bernabéu tour [+]

- watch: Ronaldo in another BES ad 

- In addition to the live screening at the Bernabéu, the Community of Madrid will also have a big screen installed in front of the Real Casa de la Correos in the Puerta del Sol for the UCL final.

May 2014
09

En route to Cibeles [+] | Copa del Rey final, 2014

May 2014
09

The plane ride back to Madrid [+] | Copa del Rey final, 2014

May 2014
09

FaceTime with Jesé and more locker room celebrations [+] | Copa del Rey final, 2014

May 2014
09

Pitch celebration [+] | Copa del Rey final, 2014

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