Real Madrid Roundup
- The win at Anoeta completed seven consecutive undefeated Octobers for Mourinho. His last loss came at the hands of Manchester United while he was with Chelsea in 2004.
- The players had the day off.
- Levante’s loss puts Real Madrid back at the top of the league table. [video]
- Injury Reports: Arbeloa & Kaká. Both players received contusions (bruises). Arbeloa injured his left quadriceps, while Kaká hurt the soleus muscle of his right leg.
- Granero returns to training. Carvalho, Arbeloa, & Kaká were inside. The Portuguese defender continued his recovery process, while the latter two trained in the gym. [video]
- Mesut Özil sits down with bwin. He talked about the upcoming match at Lyon, as well as the Ballon d’Or. “Casillas for many years has been the best keeper in the world, & I would give him this award.” “There is a good chance Cristiano Ronaldo will win it, & I hope he does.” [video]
- Gonzalo Higuaín is giving away the shirt he wore in Saturday’s victory. To participate, submit a sentence in Spanish to the club’s Facebook page describing his goal. Rules here. Deadline is November 1 at 24h CET. [video]
- Gonzalo Higuaín at Nike T90 Strike Counter presentation. ”Right now I feel really good. I’m enjoying my football again. It all seems to be coming together.” [videos: English / Spanish]
- Cristiano, Benzema & Higuaín most effective trio in Europe’s top leagues. They have scored 27 goals between league & UCL competitions.
- Today’s photos here.
- Final session before leaving for Lyon. 21 players participated, including Castilla’s Mejías. Kaká, Carvalho & Arbeloa continued working indoors.
- Injury Report: Marcelo. The Brazilian defender has muscle fatigue in his left quadriceps.
- 20 players will travel to Lyon. Novelties to the list include Granero & Albiol (returning from injury), as well as Castilla’s Carvajal. Absentees are Arbeloa, Carvalho, Kaká, Marcelo & Sahin.
- Five Blancos on shortlist for 2011 Ballon d’Or. Benzema, Alonso, Cristiano, Özil, & Casillas were included. Mourinho is a nominee for the Coach of the Year Award. Finalists will be named on December 5 in Paris and the winners on January 9 in Zurich.
- Mourinho & Benzema to meet with the press at 20h CET.
- Today’s photos here.