Real Madrid promote a football camp that will be held at the club’s Sport City this July
Real Madrid promote a football camp that will be held at the club’s Sport City this July
- Ricardo Carvalho and Álvaro Morata trained indoors.
Yellow card alert: Alonso and Ramos are both a card away from suspension.
Absences: Casillas (injury) | Albiol, Callejón, Carvalho (technical decision)
27.01.13- Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe: Antonio Adan
- Karanka: “I think we can see the team’s improvement. In the first half we had chances that least year went in but this year it’s been a bit more difficult, but when we score the first goal we have the defensive solidity from last year and in attack we are regaining the confidence that allows you to win games as we have just done.” [video - 1 | 2]
- Ronaldo: “[Wednesday’s clásico] is a really important game, a complicated game. We’re going to play against one of the most difficult sides in the world, so it will be a great night. We’re playing at home, which is a great opportunity to have a success match. We’ll be missing a number of players, key players, who are very important for this squad, but that’s not an excuse, we have to play well because Barça is an amazing team. I hope that it’s a great night for us and we’re ready for the big match.” [videos - 1 | 2]
- Ramos: “I feel like a veteran because of the time I’ve been at the club. The level of responsibility is getting bigger. With regard to Casillas, who is the captain, we want him to return soon and those who have been here longest need to drag the team with us.” [video]
- Adán: ”It is amazing for those of us around Cristiano Ronaldo to see him play. He shows that he is the best in every match. It is indisputable and he is on a superb run of form, we need to help him to keep it going. Ozil also played well.” [video]
- Carvalho: ”The play that gave us the [first] goal happened very fast. I jumped and I honestly do not know whether I touched the goalkeeper or not. It is important to play well and win matches like this. In the league we have to be strong and consistent.”
Yellow card alert: Mesut Özil is suspended for the Granada match. Álvaro Arbeloa has 4 yellows.
January 26, 2013
- the players’ relationship with Mourinho: “We all support the Míster, he’s the best coach in the world. I think the press is tough on him, he’s doing a good job and it’s not necessary to be so tough on him.
- how the current situation affects the team: “When the going gets tough, you have to stick together. We try to improve our results and we are all going into the same direction and I’m sure we’ll get back into a positive dynamics.”
Call-Ups (20 players)
- Keepers: Adán, Jesús, López
- Defenders: Albiol, Arbeloa, Carvalho, Coentrão, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane
- Midfielders: Alonso, Callejón, Di María, Essien, Khedira, Modric, Özil
- Forwards: Benzema, Higuaín, Ronaldo
- his last 24 hours: “I found out from the media that Real Madrid were looking for a goalkeeper and I was in the running. Yesterday my agent told me that he was in Seville with Del Nido, looking at the possibility of a happy ending. By the end of the day it was all confirmed and you can imagine the rest. Hours with no sleep, having to say goodbye to mates in Seville, travel up and be here. I don’t have any other words other than those of gratitude and excitement.”
- his experience: “At Real Madrid it took a lot out of me to get me to the top. It was a hard path to tread and I had to work a lot and put in a great deal of effort. Having already been in the first team I trusted the coaches and the president. I left last time because it was tough competing with Iker and I thought I’d have more possibilities elsewhere. I was at Villareal for five amazing years, except for the last one which wasn’t at all great, but I did manage to play in the Champions, loads of matches in Europe and go international. The last six months have possibly been the worst. I’m really longing to help the team, my club, to get what they’re aiming for.”
- his familiarity with Casillas and Adán: “I can’t describe Iker because everyone knows his huge value. Adán has always stood out, even as a youngster, and I remember that even I started to train him up when he was 15 and I was helping out as a coach for the academy in my spare time. He’s really come on, he’s got great skill and it just goes to show the enormous amount of home-grown goalkeeping talent that the club has. There are three of us and between us we must defend the goal really well and help out the team.
- Mourinho turned 50 on Friday. He was presented with a photo signed by each player. (videos - 1 | 2)
- Diego López will be presented on Monday.
- José Mourinho was interviewed by Rai and gave his thoughts on the Champions League, turning 50 and Kaká.
- The Miniclásico will be played Saturday at 5 PM CET | 11 AM ET.
I know Iker Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the world and that his injury was very unexpected but.. we have Adan! He might not be in the top 10 but he’s always there when you need him to defend our goal.. He’s never said no and always defends the crest with everything he has!
Why would you go and sign a goalkeeper in just one day? You didn’t even let him prove himself! I bet you anything that he would had make us really proud!
Real Madrid; this signing was a slap in the face to that kid that always had to sit and wait for his turn and now that he’s clearly option one you are demonstrating that you never saw him as the future goalkeeper of Real Madrid or even trusted him defending our goal..
This is how I see it. It’s not even about Adán; it’s about coverage. The club didn’t have the luxury of time. The transfer window closes in a week, and we were short a keeper. Whenever Mou makes his call-up sheet, there are almost always 3 keepers on the list. Frankly, our other 2 other backups aren’t 1st team material yet. Heaven forbid Adán got injured or sent off in say the Champions League. Fernández and Mejías aren’t ready to be thrust into that type of situation; they need to be eased in. López will give us more stability.
Slightly off topic but when you consider the long run, López will be set up as Iker’s #2 once Adán leaves. And I expect Adán to leave this summer anyway because I don’t think he’s content with being a backup. He’s not young enough to justify spending another season on the bench. He’ll be 26 before the season’s up; he needs to make a name for himself elsewhere.
- if he’s happy despite not playing many minutes: Well, I mean obviously I had trouble with my injury, I was out for almost 6 weeks, at a time where there were other players injured too these past few weeks, especially in the position I play, so now I’m looking forward to making the most of the playing time I get this month, and that’s about it. I’m trying to help the team the best I can, to make myself available to the Míster, to improve, and to play as many games as possible from now until the end of the season, because we all want to play, and the more games I play, the better.”
- Kaká’s mood: “He’s no different from before. He’s always put a lot of effort in his training, ever since he came here, and he’s currently one of our teammates, one of our players. I don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks, whether he’ll leave or stay, it’s something both the club and he have to decide, but he’s currently on the team and we’re counting on him for the rest of the season. There’s nothing else I can say.”
- if the confrontation between Mourinho and Ronaldo will affect the team: “No, not at all. What happened is nothing out of the ordinary. A player or the coach can have a certain opinion after a match, and in this case they’re both winners, ambitious to the top, they demand the utmost from themselves, so they voiced their opinion, but it didn’t go further than that. This is not something that’s going to affect the team or their relationship. It happened in the locker room and it will stay there, and there’s no need to dwell on it, because we have a critical match to play tomorrow, we all want to win, the two of them in the first place, so there’s no reason to make a big deal out of it.”
- how the defense prepares when not knowing who will start as keeper: “It doesn’t. [laughing] The goalkeeper doesn’t know which defenders will play either. All of us should trust our teammate, whether it’s Iker or Adán, and know that we have a good goalkeeper behind us in any case. Period. He’s going to do his job and you have to do yours, so I don’t think it changes anything to know which goalkeeper is going to play.”
- videos - 1 | 2 | 3
- galleries - 1 | 2
Call-ups (19 players)
- Keepers: Casillas, Adán, Mejías
- Defenders: Albiol, Arbeloa, Carvalho, Coentrão, Nacho, Varane
- Midfielders: Alonso, Callejón, Di María, Essien, Khedira, Modrić, Özil
- Forwards: Benzema, Higuaín, Ronaldo
Yellow card alert: Özil has 4; Kaká and Ramos are both suspended.
January 17, 2013
the response he’s received from some supporters regarding the keepers - ”It wasn’t just disrespectful for forgetting about my trajectory in the youth teams, some of the opinions about me were opportunistic. I have been trying to remain on the fringes of all of this and I have no idea whether I will start against Valencia on Sunday. Mourinho is the person who has the authority to decide who will be in the team.”
being chosen over Casillas and his relationship with the captain - ”It’s the coach who picks the team; it has nothing to do with me. If he decides that I will start in all of the remaining league games? Those are your words, not mine. The only thing I do know is that last season, I played five games and that was an important step up the ladder for me as I need to be getting minutes. My relationship with Iker is fantastic. Let’s not forget that we are talking about the captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He has helped me a lot over the past few years.”
denying the locker room argument between Mourinho and Ronaldo - ”This confrontation didn’t even happen, the coach gave an opinion, the player gave his and we are all adults. You can give different opinions even if they are opposed, always with the player showing the utmost respect towards the coach and the coach towards the player in a conversation.”
January 18, 2013
- Iker Casillas came in 2nd as the World’s Best Goalkeeper (1987-2011), just 13 points behind Gigi Buffon.
- Kaká’s future is uncertain, and he has admitted this. Much has been made about his recent trip to Milan over the 2-day break. Real Madrid has reportedly rejected an offer from the LA Galaxy, and AC Milan’s Galliani has confirmed that talks have begun between the 2 clubs. Galliani will reportedly travel to Madrid on Tuesday to iron out a possible deal. AC Milan proposes a loan, while Real Madrid would prefer a transfer.
- The appeals committee has upheld Sergio Ramos’ 5-match ban. He’s already sat out for 2 of them. If Real Madrid reaches the Copa del Rey semi-finals, he is eligible to play in the 1st leg. If not, his 1st match back will be against Granada in match day 22 of La Liga.
Post-La Real remarks:
- Adán’s sending off: ”I haven’t seen it again on the television but from my memory Varane left Adán in a complicated situation, he made a pass he didn’t have to make and Adán should have cleared the ball in the danger zone rather than try to build an attack. He lost the ball and it was a penalty. It should have been a penalty but I thought we had one or two players between Adán and the goal-line. We have been penalised a lot this season due to wrong or dubious decisions. I could be wrong, but I get the feeling that if it had been another team and in another stadium, it would have been a yellow card.”
- the crowd’s reaction to Adán: ”I told Adán before this game and before the game against Málaga that if he got booed, it was because of me and not him. The fans have no problem with Adán and neither do the press, they have a problem with my decision and he is suffering the consequences. This is a problem in Spain but it’s not a problem anywhere else. My personal belief is that there’s been a lack of respect shown towards Adán. He’s been at this club for 16 years and he grew up here, he is a boyhood Real Madrid fan, he is a homegrown player, and why shouldn’t he have the right to be happy? You [the journalists] have turned a problem with Mourinho into showing a lack of respect towards Adán.”
- Carvalho’s effort: ”He had a great game. I don’t like to single players out, everyone played well, but Carvalho played especially well. He’s in a strange situation this year. We’ve decided that this will be the last year in his contract, and we decided that Pepe and Ramos would be first choice, and then Albiol or Varane, but Carvalho’s experience helped us today.”
Gonzalo Higuaín - [video] ”I am happy because we won a tough match and because I am back playing. I’ve been waiting a long time and it been a lot of days of hard work, but I have come back in good shape and I felt good. I went on with one less player on the field and there was a higher demand on me.”
Antonio Adán - ”It was an unfortunate bit of play where the referee blew for a penalty and the sending-off seems unfair to me. These things happen and you have to accept it and push forward. This can happen, you can come away having played a perfect match and having made big saves or you can come away having been sent off. The important thing is what has led me to being in goal for Real Madrid has been my hard work.”
Ricardo Carvalho - ”We knew this match was important and that we could not draw and we went out to win. We started well, then things got tougher for us, but because we were together the match got easier. We could not give up, we had to come from behind and in the end we won.”
Yellow card alert: Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the match against Osasuna due to accumulation. Antonio Adán will also miss the next match because of a direct red card.
- Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala starts at 6:30 PM CET | 12:30 PM ET.
- 9 players are up for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI: Alonso, Benzema, Casillas, Marcelo, Modrić, Özil, Pepe, Ramos and Ronaldo.
- José Mourinho was interviewed by The Sun and talked about pressure, Arsene Wenger, and the Premier League.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 171 goals with Real Madrid, matching Butragueño. He can tie Pirri (172) in his next match.
- Since 09/10, Cristiano has scored his 11th goal from a direct kick. He leads La Liga in that regard and is 5 goals ahead of 2nd-place Beñat.
- Training resumes Monday at 11 AM CET | 5 AM ET. The next match is Wednesday against Celta de Vigo.
Antonio Adan (via idratherbehome)
January 3, 2013