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all set for Auxerre!

December 8, 2010

Madrid held their last training session yesterday afternoon before their Champions League game tonight (and it looked like fun, especially for Antonio Adán!).  Seventeen first team players practiced (Xabi and Iker were excused, and Khedira and Di María worked out indoors), along with two canteranos, MFC Álvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia.  Both of them made the cut for the convocatoria (the third for Morata and the first for Sarabia) which looks like this.

Goalkeepers: Dudek, Adán.
Defenders: Arbeloa, Albiol, Mateos, Carvalho, Pepe, Garay, Marcelo.
Midfielders: Diarra, Granero, Özil, Lass, Sarabia, Pedro León.
Forwards: Morata, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.

More from the training session.  Is that really Cristiano Ronaldo hanging out and talking with… Spaniards?  And TWO Spaniards?  The same Cristiano Ronaldo who doesn’t get along with his Spanish teammates?  What, so you mean that Sport can’t be trusted to report reliable Real Madrid information?  Nooooooooo.  Really???

And the second picture is the definition of a language barrier if I ever saw one.  But it’s ok, since I’m sure they can communicate via glances.

JM Jr. was also at the session!  How come he doesn’t hang out with the goalkeepers?

Aitor Karanka said in the press conference following the session (he’ll be on the bench tonight in his third game as head coach, as Mou is serving a one-game suspension for the alleged shenanigans during the Ajax game) that they’re very happy with Benzema’s performance, that Lass has improved a lot, and that Cristiano would have to be half dead before he decides that he can’t play.

The player tasked with speaking to the press was El Pirata, and he said something I really liked: “I don’t understand why it’s been said that it’s complicated to motivate oneself in this stadium to play the Champions.  Putting on this shirt, defending Real Madrid and playing in this competition is sufficient motivation, although we’ve already qualified.  There is a prestige to defend and some fans that we have to respond to.  If that’s not enough motivation…”  Spoken like a true canterano!

Meanwhile, UEFA has warned José Mourinho that they won’t tolerate what the Spanish Liga has, mainly the suspended Mou sitting near the bench and giving out instructions as if he were coach, with the only difference being that he’s not on the bench, as he did during the two Liga games (Sporting and Athletic) in which he was suspended.  UEFA has reminded the coach that he will not be allowed to be in contact with any member of the team before the game, and not until 15 minutes after the game ends.  Mou will be allowed to watch the game in the stands, but cannot go near the locker room, the tunnel or the technical area.  It also means no mobile phones, no walkie talkies and no sitting near the bench in the first row.

(When Mou coached Chelsea, he was suspended for one game in 2005.  But Mou allegedly entered the locker room in a laundry cart, and communicated with his staff via telephone and written messages.  He also left the stadium in the same way.  No doubt there was no literal dirty laundry in the cart with him.)

21 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 07:20

    lololol!! You’re sarcasm just kills me! And Mou’s son is the luckiest kid around. I wonder if his friends ask him to get them autographs?

    • December 8, 2010 13:56


      …and I’ve forgotten how to spell as well now. :p

  2. DebS permalink
    December 8, 2010 07:22

    “But Mou allegedly entered the locker room in a laundry cart, and communicated with his staff via telephone and written messages. He also left the stadium in the same way. No doubt there was no literal dirty laundry in the cart with him.)”

    OMG! That is just too much! rofl Sneaky guy..that Mou.

    And what in the heck are they doing in the first two pix? Helping the goalie practice for a scramble in the box? And Sergio? Boys may grow up but they are always kids at heart! lol

  3. December 8, 2010 07:22

    Looks like a really FUN training. ❤

  4. LaBlanca permalink
    December 8, 2010 07:38

    in a laundry cart… LOL that guy always manages to crack me up!

  5. KDJ permalink
    December 8, 2010 07:49

    Mou in a laundry cart? HAHAHAHA oh God so hilarious!! What a man can do to be a great coach. I love him 😀
    I looooove the picture of Ozil & Benzema smiling to each other. Precious moment! Ozil looks adorable and Benzema so gorgeous.

  6. December 8, 2010 07:53

    I LOVE Mourinho… that laundry cart story is one of my favorites. José Jr. is adorable, and I bet his friends are so jealous of him getting to hang out with RM. What on earth is Sergio doing to Adán? Funny funny. Thanks for the post! I’m looking forward to watching the Auxerre match and hopefully seeing Morata play!

  7. goldengirlsk permalink
    December 8, 2010 08:40

    love love love hyper Sergio

  8. December 8, 2010 09:06


  9. Sayu permalink
    December 8, 2010 09:40

    ozil and benzema look like lovers hahahaha so cute! i wanna join them! hahaha

  10. December 8, 2010 11:12

    El Pirata – nice words.

    Jose Jr -what a fierce boy. He also must be happy getting to hang out with RM players. Hey, I was at work with my daddy today, guess who I saw? type of happiness 😉

    And TSO in the laundry cart – I did not know that story, it is hilarious! Do you think he’ll do the same today? Can you imagine of they put their “normal” clothes to the laundry cart – Mou bundled up in the mixture of Cristiano’s clothes (too bad Sergio and Iker will not be in the locker room today) LOL

  11. RubyTuesday permalink
    December 8, 2010 11:48

    Granero is the best. I love how much he loves Real Madrid. He is someone who really loves this “escudo”.
    I hope today he can score a goal at least as fantastic as the one he scores against Murcia.
    Go Pirata!

  12. Dina permalink
    December 8, 2010 12:52

    They actually had a rugby game yesterday at the prcatice session! which explains all the crazyness 🙂
    That thing of the laundry cart…. priceless!!!!! I saw that on Informe Robinson (the one with Mou) but my Spanish wasn’t good enough back then so I didn’t get it all :s

  13. RealLisa permalink
    December 8, 2010 13:56

    Jajajaj Una, you’re great! Loved what you said about Cris. Yeah, I heard those speculations too. LOL! I’m sooooo *happy* that Morata and Sarabia are called. Impatiently waiting their debut already!

  14. December 8, 2010 15:30

    But Mou allegedly entered the locker room in a laundry cart

    I. love. this. man.

  15. Maisoun permalink
    December 8, 2010 15:55

    LMAO at the gif of Sergio, looks like he ended his jump with a “Yes! Sergio rules!” Its all very Power Rangers to me 😛

  16. emily permalink
    December 8, 2010 16:13

    About the CR thing… When he was breaking up the field with Lass, it appeared that Lass may have wanted the ball back at the top of the area to try and score, but CR kept it and eventually got the second goal. There are a few players in the not so distant past who would have passed the ball back to the person who doesn’t always get to score a lot (i.e. Guti was good at that). Do you suppose the delay in the celebration may have been a silent protest over CR not sharing the ball with Lass?
    Yes, it’s true that you should always make the best shooting decision possible in tight matches – that is not lost on me, but Lass appeared to have a disappointed look on his face when he pealed off of the play. Maybe I am just seeing things.

    • Laryssa permalink
      December 9, 2010 00:29

      I think (and hope) you are just seeing things. For me, the delay in the celebration wasn’t a protest at all. All the players seems a little depressed. Even Marcelo was a little down on his natural hiper energy. They aren’t play very well against Valencia, so the second gol was more a relieve than anything. Besides that, I don’t think that Lass will get upset because Cris made a gol. I even remember a gol that Lass had made. I mean, his job is steel the ball and pass to Cris made the gol, right?

  17. Lily permalink
    December 8, 2010 19:14

    Mou in a laundry cart? I hadn’t heard that one before- I’m dying of laughter as I type!

    I’m looking forward to Morata’s debut too, it’s always nice to see a canterano play with the big boys.

  18. Morales permalink
    December 9, 2010 02:23

    TSO snuck in a laundry basket??? HAHAHAHA. i would pay to see that.

    maybe Menz and Ozil use hand/smoke signals to talk to each other or a weird smattering of Spanglish, hee-hee.

  19. Gillian permalink
    December 9, 2010 15:45

    The laundry cart story about Mou tickles me.

    Benzema & Mesut are love.

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