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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.

April 2014
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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

April 2014
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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.

April 2014
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Training | April 11, 2014

April 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.

April 2014
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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).

April 2014
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Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid (April 5, 2014) | Pepe 85’

#Real Madrid   #Pepe   #Sergio Ramos   #MD32   #goal   #mgef gif   #4.5.14   
April 2014
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Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid (April 5, 2014) | Pepe 85’ [HD]

#Real Madrid   #Pepe   #Sergio Ramos   #MD32   #goal   #4.5.14   
April 2014
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Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund (April 2, 2014) | Champions League, QF (1st leg)

  • Bale - 3’ (Carvajal assist)
  • Isco - 27’
  • Ronaldo - 57’ (Modrić assist)

Match report | Highlights

Yellow card alert: Illarramendi

Quotes: Ancelotti [+] || Ramos [+] || Pepe [+] || Ronaldo [+] || Isco [+] || Benzema [+] || Carvajal [+]

News

- RM’s 2+ goals in 10 straight Champions League matches equals an all-time record held by Sevilla.

- In Ronaldo’s 100th UCL match, he reaches 14 goals in one season, equalling a record held by 3 other players; he also has 49 overall goals in the competition (only behind Raúl with 66). He also continues an 11-game scoring streak.

- Pepe marks 50th UCL match milestone with a victory.

Next training: Thursday | Friday

Next match: La Real (A) Saturday, 8 PM CEST | 2 PM EST

April 2014
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Sergio Ramos for Pepsi’s Now Is What You Make It campaign | April 2, 2014

#Sergio Ramos   #Pepsi   #promo   #mgef gif   #4.2.14   
April 2014
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Training [+ ∙ +] | March 30-31, 2014 

Nine players were under Ancelotti’s disposal Sunday. The rest were either indoors or recuperating from injury. When the starters against Rayo rejoined the group Monday, Alonso stayed behind.

News

- Injury update: Marca reports Arbeloa underwent a scan with promising results. Part of his kneecap has mended, and his recuperation is on schedule.

- The Federation of RM Fan Clubs posted an open letter showing support to Ronaldo. This comes as a result of whistles he received at the Bernabéu a few days back.

- López’s agent squashes talk about a move away from the club this summer.

March 2014
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Sergio Ramos Q&A in FourFourTwo | March 28, 2014
Who is Sergio Ramos? An Andalusian bullfighter? Well, perhaps I’m not the best person to define myself. Bullfighting is a profession that I considered, but football makes me even happier. I feel a bond with that world because my family and my town have always been great bullfighting fans. It’s something you’re born with; although when you’re out on the pitch you obviously forget about everything, I do feel I have some “matador” qualities.
Tell us about the Sergio Ramos away from football…A family man, romantic perhaps. I consider myself to be the most romantic of my [siblings]. We’ve always found it difficult to express it to the outside world, and the family; I think they know it, but above all I think it’s the most important thing, along with happiness, which has to come above all else.
It’s not always sweetness and light with your [siblings] though… tell us about playing against your brother for Sevilla when you were a kid…When I was 15 and my brother René was 23 or so, I was in Sevilla’s junior ranks and he played for a local team. We played a friendly at their home ground; everyone from the town was there and they’d get stuck into us. And we came up against each other: he was the centre-forward and I was the centre-back. There was the typical banter between brothers. 
Their goalkeeper was about to take a goal-kick and he starts grabbing me… I say to him, “Careful, today is serious and we’re playing a match…” He was looking to have a laugh but I wasn’t interested in getting involved. So the goalkeeper takes the goal-kick and I go up for the ball with my elbows out and accidentally catch him on the lip. The ref didn’t blow for a foul even though I made him bleed a little. Ten minutes later, their coach saw that I was getting the better of him and took him off: “Aren’t you embarrassed that your 15 year-old brother is beating you to everything?” He’s lived off that story ever since!

Sergio Ramos Q&A in FourFourTwo | March 28, 2014

Who is Sergio Ramos? An Andalusian bullfighter?
Well, perhaps I’m not the best person to define myself. Bullfighting is a profession that I considered, but football makes me even happier. I feel a bond with that world because my family and my town have always been great bullfighting fans. It’s something you’re born with; although when you’re out on the pitch you obviously forget about everything, I do feel I have some “matador” qualities.

Tell us about the Sergio Ramos away from football…
A family man, romantic perhaps. I consider myself to be the most romantic of my [siblings]. We’ve always found it difficult to express it to the outside world, and the family; I think they know it, but above all I think it’s the most important thing, along with happiness, which has to come above all else.

It’s not always sweetness and light with your [siblings] though… tell us about playing against your brother for Sevilla when you were a kid…
When I was 15 and my brother René was 23 or so, I was in Sevilla’s junior ranks and he played for a local team. We played a friendly at their home ground; everyone from the town was there and they’d get stuck into us. And we came up against each other: he was the centre-forward and I was the centre-back. There was the typical banter between brothers.

Their goalkeeper was about to take a goal-kick and he starts grabbing me… I say to him, “Careful, today is serious and we’re playing a match…” He was looking to have a laugh but I wasn’t interested in getting involved. So the goalkeeper takes the goal-kick and I go up for the ball with my elbows out and accidentally catch him on the lip. The ref didn’t blow for a foul even though I made him bleed a little. Ten minutes later, their coach saw that I was getting the better of him and took him off: “Aren’t you embarrassed that your 15 year-old brother is beating you to everything?” He’s lived off that story ever since!