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February 6, 2011

More from yesterday’s training session, with a focus on the birthday wishes that Cristiano received!

As stated in the previous post, Kaká, Pepe and Marcelo were especially cariñosos with Cris, although that’s really nothing new, no?  Álvaro Arbeloa also came over to give Cris a congratulatory handshake, which Marcelo then proceeded to imitate with hilarious results.  That little exchange ended in an adorable hug.

Ozi then came up to Cris to fist bump him, while Xabi stayed classy and limited himself to conversation.

Question: does Carvalho ever feel left out, or is he too mature for this group?  The Portuguese speakers were in their own little world during part of the training session, and made so much noise that Granero, Canales, Adán, then Albiol and finally Mejías turned around to stare.

Meanwhile, Mou provided another great line:  “Albiol, are you still asleep?”

Two more moments from the session – Marcelo practicing karate kicks, and the best moment:  Pepe and Marcelo trying to scare Ozi and Sami.  Khedira doesn’t look like he scares easily, but Mesut does have that appearance.

The concentración brought some bad news, in the continued presence of Iker’s purse.  Tomy is eight years younger but looks eight times better.  Meanwhile, Sergio C. looks too young to even be part of this group, and did Álvaro even change out of his practice outfit?

It appears that Iker has finally broken Mou down of sorts, because the concentración has been starting at 22h the last few times.

We also found out what Xabi did during the downtime at the hotel – maybe he didn’t bring a book this time around?

And a couple more soundbites from José Mourinho’s press conference:

In football, what is mathematically possible is possible.

I’m impressed that after 20 minutes, it’s the first time that we speak about Real Sociedad.  I’m impressed with that, because the reason why we’re here is to speak about Real Sociedad, and in the last minute Real Sociedad comes into the picture.

His papá will always defend him, that other one… (makes gesture).

For my part, I can say in this moment that I’m content.  I’m going to try and fulfill my four years of contract with Real Madrid, which means that I’m content and that the club is content as well.

Conclusion:  just another day at the circus that is Real Madrid.

P.S.  Interesting fact of the day: at this point of the season – just about more than halfway through – Cristiano Ronaldo has already played more minutes (2,976) than he had all of last season (2,915).  Today’s game against the team of Xabi Alonso’s heart will be his 35th game of the season (22 Liga, six Champions, seven Copa), which is the same amount as he played all last year!  The only game of this season in which Cris didn’t suit up was the second leg Copa del Rey round of 16 game against Levante, as Madrid had practically already gone through.

P.P.S. – If you want to look like Mou during games, here is your chance.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. faith permalink
    February 6, 2011 13:33

    I hope Marcelo’s kick didn’t bring back bad memories for Xabi.

  2. IsaBella permalink
    February 6, 2011 14:44

    “I’m going to try and fulfill my four years of contract with Real Madrid” – my news of the day 😀 Besides, I adore Ozi,s reaction to Pepe jumping at him, he’s so adorable.

  3. Canederli permalink
    February 6, 2011 14:48

    I love Pepe and Marcelo creeping up on the Germans. Sami starts to run – my guess is that he’s been on the receiving end of some of Marcelo’s jokes and knows to get the hell out of there. 😉 They are all so cute together!

  4. Ava Mendez permalink
    February 6, 2011 15:31

    Marcelo is soo funny.
    and he and Pepe were running in unison like synchronized swimmers! hah

  5. Ava Mendez permalink
    February 6, 2011 15:33

    and… Marcelo did his kick at Pepe cause you see pepe backing out of the screen right before Marcelo kicks! hahah i love those two!

  6. Maddi permalink
    February 6, 2011 16:16

    I absolutely love Marcelo!!!!! He’s so adorable, and a great friend. I hope he never leaves RM… it would break my heart to see him play for someone else

  7. mila_casillas permalink
    February 6, 2011 16:22

    Marcelo is so cute I just want to squish him. I am glad he and the other Portuguese cuddled Cris properly for his birthday.

    You are right. I have never seen Carvalho hang with the OT4. And I don’t really blame him. They are like overgrown children!

    Papa Mou-mou. How I adore you and your sarcasm. ❤

  8. February 6, 2011 16:43

    i love marcelo

  9. February 6, 2011 16:48

    Thank you for these GIFs, Una! Oh, how adorbs Pepe and Marcelo are! I’m so happy to see Pepe back in training!

  10. February 6, 2011 17:05

    I love you Una! Can’t you post one about Real Madrid Nicknames?

  11. DebS permalink
    February 6, 2011 17:39

    Is Marcelo EVER in a bad mood?! He and Pepe always seem to be the entertainment during practices. lol

  12. andrea permalink
    February 6, 2011 17:58

    hahaha trying to scare ozil and kedhira

  13. Jenny permalink
    February 6, 2011 18:00

    The Germans and the Portuguese speakers really get on well. I suspect the Portuguese are helping them with their Spanish flash-cards!

  14. mar permalink
    February 6, 2011 18:56

    what a funny group! i laughted a lot! thnx una

  15. Lulja permalink
    February 6, 2011 19:16

    If you want to look like Mou during games, here is your chance.

    I totally knew this was gonna be neckwarmer-related! 🙂
    We’re so lucky to be having a coach like Mou who is indeed too self confident for this world (meaning he’s not letting the press shit influence the team). RM should stick with him.

  16. February 6, 2011 21:21

    I love the Marcelo/Pepe partnership.

    That’s all.

  17. ulong permalink
    February 7, 2011 02:48

    Marcelo is just adorable 😀

  18. Unamadridistafan permalink
    February 7, 2011 05:29

    Hahahaha “Albiol are you still asleep” hahahahhaah so good only mou would say that. I love you MOurinho. haha

  19. February 7, 2011 11:58

    Marcelo is so sweet I wanna have a little him and carry him in my pocket, adorable!

    have you seen him congratulating Adebayor after yesterday’s goal? I am sure it will be in the ICYMI, it was the cutest!

    • IsaBella permalink
      February 7, 2011 12:08

      “have you seen him congratulating Adebayor after yesterday’s goal?” – gosh I saw the whole game and I missed it…. I’m sure Una will have it in the ICYMI though, it’s fantastic how she picks the little details that many of us miss 🙂

      • HermosaChica permalink
        February 7, 2011 12:34

        As well as phenomenal moments that you CAN’T miss! ie. the memorable side of Sergio’s butt. 😆

        • IsaBella permalink
          February 7, 2011 20:49

          THIS is definetely something I wouldn’t miss even with my eyes closed 😉

    • HermosaChica permalink
      February 7, 2011 12:38

      “I wanna have a little him” — speaking of mini versions of Marcelo, has anyone even seen little Enzo?!

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