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November 29, 2010

It’s finally the day of the derby, el clásico, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid!  But first, let’s take a look back at all that happened yesterday.

Training session

The players held their last training session before the game yesterday afternoon.  José Mourinho had everyone at his disposal, with the exception of the injured Kaká and Gago.  This meant that Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuaín, who had missed the last game against Ajax, trained normally with the rest of the group.  Ezequiel Garay also made his return, three and a half months after injuring his right knee in the friendly against Bayern Munich back in August.

It was very cold in the afternoon, and it always seems like Marcelo is the one who suffers the most!

And Cristiano had a grand old time, but I would like to remind the photographers that there are 22 more men on the team whose photos they could have shot yesterday.

The call-up

Mou decided to bring 20 men on the trip to Barcelona, ruling out Garay, Canales and Mateos.  The final list looks like this:

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adán, Dudek.
Defenders: Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Albiol, Carvalho, Marcelo.
Midefielders: Lass, Diarra, Khedira, Granero, Xabi Alonso, Özil, Di María, Pedro León.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín.

The press conference

My favorite Mou quotes/Mouisms from the press conference the míster gave yesterday afternoon.

– we don’t change our style because we’re playing against Barcelona… we respect all our adversaries equally.

– I hope my team will have the ability to continue to have confidence in itself and continue with their feet on the ground even if they lose.  I don’t want us to our self esteem to change because we win or we lose.

– each point that you lose in games can be decisive, but after the clásico there are still 25 games.  It’s an important game, but not a decisive one.

– [he ended the press conference by repeating] if Madrid wins, the next day will be Tuesday.  If Madrid loses, the same.

Mou also revealed the starting line-up, which is not a surprise, since it’s the habitual one: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo, Xabi, Khedira, Di María, Özil, Cristiano and Higuaín.

Zidane was also there in the room listening to Mou!

In Barcelona

More than 2,000 Madrid fans welcomed their team at El Prat around 20h, both inside the terminal and out.  The team then took their bus to the Hotel Juan Carlos I, where more fans were waiting for them.  Also waiting for them were some Barcelona hooligans, who decided to throw rocks at the bus, taking advantage of a lack of police presence.  According to press reports, the rock hit the window alongside the seats where Arbeloa and Albiol were sitting.  The bus had to circle around once to allow the chaos to die down, but the players still ran into the hotel once they got off.

Why is Cristiano’s tie so short?  And I’d like to remind everyone that the man on the right is the one who literally and figuratively brought the World Cup to Spain.

The two Diarras were tasked with signing autographs and posing for photos in the customary fan session at the hotel.  They were kept busy signing shirts, photos, scarves and posters.

The tweets

And with each day, I love Álvaro Arbeloa more, especially as he was the only one to tweet yesterday.  Left:  “the reception in the airport in Barcelona was impressive!”  Right:  “We’ll be there!  RT: in the hotel of Madrid!  With aarbeloa 17, I think tomorrow I’m going to the game!”  For those of you who don’t remember, Gonzalo Coca is Álvaro’s cousin, the one who lives in Barcelona and for whom Álvaro was trying to find a girlfriend.  There’s a photo of Gonzalo on his twitter page, and I can definitely see the family resemblance.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 10:14

    Thank you very much for this update. I am not feeling fine with the uncililised reception at the doors of the hotel. This should not be the case. at the end of the day, RM and Barca are just two clubs, not two enemies. I hope the boys were able to sleep well, given the bad expereince of Barca fans making noise during the night before the match, thus forbidding RM boys from resting…

    • Michelle permalink
      November 29, 2010 20:49

      Just a note that the “fans” who threw the rocks at the bus are apparently from the Boixos Nois, an extremist “fan” group similar to Madrid’s Ultras Sur. They are a left-leaning group with a history of violence; the last president Joan Laporta actually banned them from Camp Nou in 2003. The vast majority of Barcelonistas do not agree with their actions; throwing rocks with an intent to intimdate and/or injure is absolutely not right.

  2. RealLisa permalink
    November 29, 2010 13:42

    Thank you Una once again. I’m truly sorry I don’t have enough time for your amazing blog.
    Anyway, actually I’m impressed by Barca’s fans attitude. I was expecting more aggressive and destructive behaviour. Throwing rocks? Wow, bravo! That was pretty much.. hmmm.. how should I express myself.. let’s just say, humanic. I was afraid for our boys. Thank God no one’s hurt.

    Oh and I read you’re face off with Kristin. As I wrote, you go girl! We’re here to suppor you, right girls?

    • emily permalink
      November 29, 2010 15:08

      where is this face off? would love to read it, too…

  3. November 29, 2010 13:44

    ronaldo seems to have fun grabbin his crotch lol

  4. Maisoun permalink
    November 29, 2010 14:51

    Looks like M.Diarra hasnt quite gotten the thumbs up pose down yet….Im sure Sergio will swoop in and show him how its done in no time 😉

  5. November 29, 2010 16:25

    I’m worried about the hostile reception that our boys will get on the pitch. Cris is probably going to get hit hard repeatedly and the ref will just ignore stuff like that again. I hope everyone will be ok and injury free at the end of this.

    Also, is it true that the Barca fans have promised Mou a better reception than what Figo got? I’m not too bothered about that. The worst they can do is use lasers; throw stuff at Mou and heckle him. That won’t faze TSO.

  6. michelle permalink
    November 29, 2010 17:20

    And I’d like to remind everyone that the man on the right is the one who literally and figuratively brought the World Cup to Spain.

    PREACH SISTER

  7. November 29, 2010 17:40

    such a hectic day, I totally had no time to vistit the internet during the day to see what’s going on regarding the match! Maybe that’s good – I was so calm until now and now I feel the excitement raising. Good I have tons of work for tomorrow so I will focus on that and not break my nerves until 21 and the match!!!!!

  8. November 29, 2010 18:32

    “SUPER EXCITED”!!

  9. Lydia permalink
    November 29, 2010 18:53

    Thank you once more, Una, you’re amazing as always!
    Can anyone tell me where I can watch the match online? All the sites that pop up when I google it either demand payment or send my antivirus into overdrive 😦
    Hala Madrid!!!

  10. Jennifer permalink
    November 29, 2010 20:57

    All I can say is… I am SO EXCITED. Also kind of nervous and a little sick to my stomach.

    I wish they’d gotten a better reception in BCN, it just seems really rude to treat *any* team that way, no matter if they’re your biggest rival or not.

    Fingers crossed, and ¡hala Madrid!

  11. Dru permalink
    November 29, 2010 20:58

    It’s just minutes to kickoff…here’s to a good game, Una!

  12. Dru permalink
    November 29, 2010 21:00

    PS: I just saw Angel di Maria doing some v. cute little hopping movements…

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