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April 2014
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Training | April 22, 2014 

Bale was able to complete Tuesday’s session. However, he hasn’t overcome his flu-like symptoms and is spending the night at home instead of the team residence.

Yellow card alert: Alonso, Illarra, Ramos

Absences: Arbeloa, Jesé, Khedira (injury)

Squad list | Concentracíon | Preview

Ancelotti and Alonso press conference [+]

- Marcelo isn’t 100%, so Coentrão will start. Ronaldo’s availability is a game-time decision. A physical exam will be carried out Wednesday to determine if he’s fit enough. Being used as a sub hasn’t been ruled out.

- Khedira’s recovery is coming along, and Ancelotti is confident that he’ll be playing before season’s end.

-  Bale’s illness was played down, but there are reports that his availability is in question.

- Alonso is counting on support from the crowd to boost the squad Wednesday.

- He stresses working as a unit in both attack and defense. To him, possession is pointless if you aren’t effective.

- The only thing similar about Bayern and Barça is that Guardiola is coach. Alonso doesn’t think it’s worth making the comparison.

News

- watch: historic goals against Bayern [+]

- Regarding Bayern player availability, Neuer (calf) and Alaba (flu) are likely to play. Van Buyten (child birth) returned to Germany. Thiago (knee), Shaqiri (hamstring) and Starke (unspecified) are injured. Only Mandžukić is a card away from suspension.

Kickoff vs Bayern (H) is Wednesday, 8:45 PM CEST | 2:45 PM EDT.

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Training | April 18-21, 2014 
- Friday: [+] Marcelo and Ronaldo trained with the group for the first part of the session before doing solo work on separate pitches for the remainder. Bale and Ramos stayed inside.
- Saturday: [+] Bale and Marcelo rejoined the squad. Ronaldo warmed up with the team then worked on his own. Ramos remained indoors.
- Sunday: The team had an off day but Ramos, Ronaldo, Marcelo and Casemiro showed up to train. Arbeloa and Pepe used the team’s gym facilities.
- Monday: [+] Ronaldo and Ramos completed entire session with the group; Bale (cold) was absent. Crisitano reportedly trained over two sessions for five hours. 
Training continues Tuesday at 11 AM.
News 
- injury update: Ronaldo’s knee and hamstring injuries are practically healed, as he is already training at full pace. Reports in Spain suspect he’ll be called up for Wednesday, although he may not start.
- Isco turns 22.
- Bale and Clement talk to The Guardian about Gareth’s Copa goal.
- Howard Webb to ref Wednesday’s game
- RM has 7-1-2 home record vs Bayern; most recently 4 consecutive home wins
- Team on a Champions League 17-game scoring streak at home
- Di María interviewed on Argentinian radio show
- Ronaldo talks to a Croatian paper about charity work, life after playing, Modrić and the World Cup. He also talked to So Foot.
- yellow card alert: Alonso, Illarra and Ramos are all a card away from suspension (UCL). 
- Real Valladolid upset about postponement of MD 34 game vs Real Madrid 
- articles worth a read: Bayern to be tested (by Nicholas Rigg) | Bale proves RM got a better deal (by Graham Hunter)

Training | April 18-21, 2014 

- Friday: [+] Marcelo and Ronaldo trained with the group for the first part of the session before doing solo work on separate pitches for the remainder. Bale and Ramos stayed inside.

- Saturday: [+] Bale and Marcelo rejoined the squad. Ronaldo warmed up with the team then worked on his own. Ramos remained indoors.

- Sunday: The team had an off day but Ramos, Ronaldo, Marcelo and Casemiro showed up to train. Arbeloa and Pepe used the team’s gym facilities.

- Monday: [+] Ronaldo and Ramos completed entire session with the group; Bale (cold) was absent. Crisitano reportedly trained over two sessions for five hours.

Training continues Tuesday at 11 AM.

News

- injury update: Ronaldo’s knee and hamstring injuries are practically healed, as he is already training at full pace. Reports in Spain suspect he’ll be called up for Wednesday, although he may not start.

- Isco turns 22.

- Bale and Clement talk to The Guardian about Gareth’s Copa goal.

Howard Webb to ref Wednesday’s game

- RM has 7-1-2 home record vs Bayern; most recently 4 consecutive home wins

- Team on a Champions League 17-game scoring streak at home

- Di María interviewed on Argentinian radio show

- Ronaldo talks to a Croatian paper about charity work, life after playing, Modrić and the World Cup. He also talked to So Foot.

- yellow card alert: Alonso, Illarra and Ramos are all a card away from suspension (UCL).

- Real Valladolid upset about postponement of MD 34 game vs Real Madrid

- articles worth a read: Bayern to be tested (by Nicholas Rigg) | Bale proves RM got a better deal (by Graham Hunter)

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Training | April 14-15, 2014 
The injured Arbeloa, Jesé and Ronaldo were the only players to miss the entirety of these final two days of pre-Barça training. Marcelo and Ramos worked out individually, although Sergio returned to the group Tuesday. 
Squad list | Valencia arrival 
Absences: Arbeloa, Jesé, Khedira, Marcelo, Ronaldo (injury)
Ancelotti and Casillas press conference [+] 
- Other than Di María, Ancelotti wouldn’t divulge the rest of his starting XI.
- Ronaldo’s unavailability was confirmed to Ancelotti Tuesday morning.
- The squad practiced penalties for 5 minutes.
- For Casillas, the only headlines he wants the club to be a part of are those showing RM’s Cup victory.
- He refused to comment further on the Busquets situation [+], as he doesn’t want “to add fuel to the fire”.
News
- watch: FIFA tournament | Bale’s adidas CDR promo 
- best images from Copa wins against FCB; historic goals [+]
- Ancelotti’s bwin [+] and El Mundo interviews
Kickoff vs Barcelona is  Wednesday, 9:30 PM CEST | 3:30 PM EDT.

Training | April 14-15, 2014 

The injured Arbeloa, Jesé and Ronaldo were the only players to miss the entirety of these final two days of pre-Barça training. Marcelo and Ramos worked out individually, although Sergio returned to the group Tuesday.

Squad list | Valencia arrival 

Absences: Arbeloa, Jesé, Khedira, Marcelo, Ronaldo (injury)

Ancelotti and Casillas press conference [+]

- Other than Di María, Ancelotti wouldn’t divulge the rest of his starting XI.

- Ronaldo’s unavailability was confirmed to Ancelotti Tuesday morning.

- The squad practiced penalties for 5 minutes.

- For Casillas, the only headlines he wants the club to be a part of are those showing RM’s Cup victory.

- He refused to comment further on the Busquets situation [+], as he doesn’t want “to add fuel to the fire”.

News

- watch: FIFA tournament | Bale’s adidas CDR promo 

- best images from Copa wins against FCB; historic goals [+]

- Ancelotti’s bwin [+] and El Mundo interviews

Kickoff vs Barcelona is  Wednesday, 9:30 PM CEST | 3:30 PM EDT.

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Real Madrid 4-0 Almería (April 12, 2014) | La Liga, MD 33

  • Di María - 28’ (Nacho assist)
  • Bale - 53’ (Benzema assist)
  • Isco 56’ (Benzema assist)
  • Morata - 85’ (Illarra assist)

Match report | Highlights 

Quotes: Ancelotti [+] || Pepe [+] || Morata || Di María [+]

News

- Injury update: Despite Ramos’ neck/shoulder problem, Ancelotti believes he will be OK for the Copa final. However, Marcelo is likely ruled out.

- With 94 goals, Real Madrid is the top scoring club in Europe’s top leagues.

- Morata reaches 6 goals out of 282 minutes played, continuing his most effective goal scorer title in La Liga (1 goal/47 minutes).

- López picks up his 15th league game without a conceded goal.

- After the game, Ancelotti and Zidane, as well as Nacho, Morata and López returned to the pitch to thank fans in the fondo sur.

Next training: Sunday, 11 AM CEST

Next match: Copa del Rey vs Barcelona - Wednesday, 9:30 PM CEST | 3:30 PM EDT

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Injury updates

- Sergio Ramos: Various reports claim Sergio will miss today’s game due to shoulder pain.

- Cristiano Ronaldo: He reportedly returned to Porto Friday to begin treatment for his hamstring. His objective is to be fit in time for the 1st leg of the Champions League semi-final.

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Training | April 11, 2014

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Training | April 11, 2014 

The squad completed their final pre-Almería session with a few absences. Alonso was given the day off. Marcelo trained indoors; the injured Khedira, Jesé and Ronaldo continued their own recoveries.  Arbeloa stepped onto the training pitch for Ancelotti’s technical chat before exercising with the handbike.

Squad list

Absences: Alonso, Carvajal (suspension) | Arbeloa, Jesé, Khedira, Marcelo, Ronaldo (injury)

Ancelotti press conference [+]

- Marcelo, who wasn’t called up, should be back soon.

- key to the Dortmund loss was the missed penalty; there was too much criticism on the team

- “I heard that Klopp wanted the first leg on DVD so our performance in Madrid must have been worthy of an Oscar.”

- Illarra will replace Alonso (suspended) in the starting XI.

- on the UCL SF: “The Champions League draw is good because we’re in it. We’ll play against a difficult side, with individual and collective quality. Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world and it is a side with a lot of experience. It will be a difficult game for us, but also for them too.”

News 

- The club will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League SF; this is the 4th consecutive SF for RM.

- Casillas at Samsung event: “[Cristiano’s] a big miss. We can’t have him tomorrow and possibility not for the cup final either. We want him to get better as soon as possible.”

- Bale participated in the club’s first Google+ Hangout. [+]

Kickoff vs Almería (H) is Saturday, 10 PM CEST | 4 PM EST.

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Real Sociedad 0-4 Real Madrid (April 5, 2014) | La Liga, MD32

  • Illarra - 45’
  • Bale - 66’
  • Pepe - 85’ (Ramos assist)
  • Morata - 89’ (Di María assist) 

Match report | Highlights 

Yellow card alert: Alonso and Carvajal will miss MD33 vs Almería.

Quotes: Ancelotti [+] || Illarra [+] | López || Nacho 

News 

- Bale left the game with a couple stitches in his knee.

- Ronaldo (28 + 8) and Bale (13 + 12) are 1st and 5th in the league with most goals + assists, respectively.

- Morata is the most effective player in La Liga ( a goal every 52 min.); Ronaldo is 3rd on the list (1/86).

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