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February 21, 2011

If you hated the neck muffler Mou wore during games, what do you think of this style?  Ninja Mou!

Madrid held their second and last training session this morning before the all important Champions League game tomorrow.  All 23 of the available footballers trained under the orders of their ninja coach.

Maybe Mou got the idea from Marcelo?  And if he’s so cold, why shorts?

They did their usual exercises and drills, and all looked adorable while doing so, no?  (As you can tell by the spate of photos accompanying this post, I had trouble eliminating photos to include, because they were all so great!)  I love those shades of blue and green!

Twenty-two players were called up by Mou for the convocatoria.  Poor Fernando Gago was the only one left out, but he got to play several minutes against Levante at least.  Pedro León and Sergio Canales made their “return” from exile, while Pepe just made a normal “return.”

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Dudek, Adán.

Defenders: Pepe, Ramos, Albiol, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Garay, Carvalho.

Midfielders: Lass, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Kaká, Granero, Pedro León, Canales, Özil, Di María.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Adebayor.

As stated earlier, José Mourinho and Ricardo Carvalho will speak to the press once the team is in France, as per UEFA’s reuglations.

Mesut Özil also gave an interview to Madrid’s website on the upcoming game, but the big news was… the new poses!  With no thumbs-up in sight!!!  Let’s hope they keep this up.

His eyes and his hands are his best props.

on those magical European nights that Madrid is accustomed to: the Bernabéu is known for those magical moments of football.  There have been spectacular games in this stadium… I have a lot of desire to experience this.

on his first CL goal: scoring my first goal in the Champions League was an incredible sensation.  I was very fortunate to get that rebound, but that doesn’t matter because it was the first one I scored in the competition.

on kissing the escudo after scoring against Sevilla: I feel very connected to this club.  I’m a part of this team and I wanted to express the happiness I feel for being here.  It wasn’t anything I had planned, but I did it.  It resulted from the moment.  Scoring a goal is an incredible sensation wherever you are, but to score at home, in front of all the fans at the Bernabéu, makes it even bigger.  This stadium makes me feel fantastic [if Ozi wasn’t already an idol for us, he is now, with these words].

on his adaptation: each member of the team has treated me very well.  We all help each other.  We’re becoming great friends and now we feel like one big family.  We communicate using various languages:  sometimes in English and other times in castellano.  My teammates are making this experience magnificent for me.

on his performance: the first and most important thing is that both the team and I are working very well.  I came to Madrid to improve my game and to become a better footballer.  I’m on the right path, but I still have a lot left to achieve.  I’m ready to work very hard to achieve everything I can.  I dedicate a lot of time to that and I hope everything continues to turn out well.  I always want to train with the team because we have a lot of fun.  I get up in the morning and I want to get to the Ciudad Real Madrid.  We always have a good time and we have great moments, like a family does [how adorable is this???].

on the father of the family, José Mourinho: he puts all his energy and effort into his work.  The team means everything to him and he does everything possible to help out each player.  He’s also a very fun person.  He dedicates a lot of time to tactics during the training sessions and he always makes it interesting for us.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. amouria permalink
    February 21, 2011 15:06

    ‘If you hated the neck muffler Mou wore during games, what do you think of this style? Ninja Mou!’
    Hahaha, Una, I am the most bothered one by it, but here, in the training, looks so funny and i don’t mind it..
    Ozil, love him, all my family members adore him, especially when he leaves the pitch and greets his mate with his little fingers…
    A magnificent future is still awaiting for his elegant way of play. i am sure he will exceed all our expectations.

  2. February 21, 2011 15:45

    I love Ozi !

  3. Jenny permalink
    February 21, 2011 16:14

    Mesut is effortlessly adorable – he just exists to bring us happiness sometimes!

    His relationship with the fans is spectacular too – he visibly and genuinely loves playing at home, and it always lifts his game.

  4. a big fan from sweden permalink
    February 21, 2011 17:10

    Hej Girl!
    we all Love your work!

    why dont u make up a facebook group / fan page

    where we all can get updates from you from there, so nobody misses anything, and you will get mych more readers!

    dont u like that idea?

    Love you

    A guy from sweden

  5. Kaká for life! permalink
    February 21, 2011 18:05

    What a wonderful picture of Kaká! 😉

  6. HolamaCHU permalink
    February 21, 2011 18:27

    Ozi.. I like him a lot but not his pose.. I think he should seek some advices from Xabi :p

  7. Diana permalink
    February 21, 2011 18:34

    I just love this boy so much. He is a brilliant player and you can tell he loves the club as much as we love him.

    Mesut Özil, please stay forever.

  8. IsaBella permalink
    February 21, 2011 21:30

    I really liked Ozi’s pictures. Let’s hope the good (at least more creative than the thumbs-up) pics habit stays with Madrid 🙂

  9. JulieFromParis permalink
    February 21, 2011 22:38

    How come RM ALWAYS plays against a french team (Auxerre, Lyon)?? Don’t get me wrong, Im all for los blancos but, hey, they are french teams so I always feel like Im betraying the Nation or smthg…

  10. luso permalink
    February 22, 2011 01:13

    Real Madrid have never ever had a coach like Mourinho, look at these pics and tell me have you ever seen any coach have as much fun and connect with HIS players like this MAN.

  11. February 22, 2011 01:56

    ‘No thumbs up in sight!’ JaJa!
    Peter Lion gets the call up. Will he only go in if they are leading 5-0?
    I really hope they have a great game tomorrow. It’s going to be on in glorious HD TV on the big screen. High Def Casillas, Ramos AND Gourcuff in my living room… I may just pass out. o-O

    • IsaBella permalink
      February 22, 2011 08:39

      HD in my living room too tonight, CAN’T WAIT! 😀

  12. cisarovna permalink
    February 22, 2011 02:17

    these pictures are so cute!! Ozil and Sami are total opposites, and Marcelo and Mou might as well wear hats.

  13. KDJ permalink
    February 22, 2011 02:53

    I can’t wait for the match, my heart is racing in excitement. I kept getting Arbeloa 4sq checkins on my timeline, first at Madrid Airport, then Lyon Airport, lastly at Hilton. Felt like stalking him in person. Come to think of it, 4sq needs friends request approval right? So that means he accepted mine. Hehehehe..
    Anyway, what is ESCUDO from the Ozil interview means Una?

  14. AlbertaMadridista permalink
    February 22, 2011 05:38

    Hey thanks so much for this update. I am very excited about the game tomorrow!!!! Unfortunately I will be at work for the game but I am going to record it. The trick will be to not check the scores during the day 😉

    Anyway thanks again you are fantastic.

  15. RMFan permalink
    February 22, 2011 06:45

    LOL Ninja Mou!..Thanks for the Özil part 🙂 I love how he described his kiss in the match against Sevilla, it sealed the madridistas love I think..and oh well those poses who knew little Özi could be so spontaneous & versatile?well by watching him play it leaves no room for doubts..I absolutely adore him and hope to see a great performance in the match tomorrow!<3

  16. February 22, 2011 07:06

    I’m already hyperventilating about tonight’s match. ooooomyyyygooddddd with a side of bringit! is the current mode for me.

  17. -warriorprincess_ permalink
    February 22, 2011 13:32

    Ozi is young, but with the way he plays you wouldn’t think that he might be as young as you are.it’s wonderful.. a bright future awaits you Ozi.. keep up the good work.

  18. michel permalink
    February 22, 2011 17:49

    the formation according to marca:
    ———————iker———————
    ramos—–carvalho—–pepe—–arbeloa
    ——-khedira—-lass—-alonso——-
    —-ozil—–adebayor—–cristiano—-

    pretty defensive considering arbeloa as LB and 3 central midfielders
    i think we need an away goal but it would be more important for lyon not to score, especially before Madrid

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