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I love our front line

March 14, 2011

I’m loving Karim for running more and improving his castellano, Manu for putting the team’s best interests ahead of everything else, and Cristiano and Pipita for working hard to recover from their injuries.  And of course, MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín for being his adorable self, with those big eyes and that mumbly voice.  Anyway, here are interviews with Karim and Manolito, an update on how Cristiano is doing and some visual pleasure of Gonzalo and ABMM.

First up, Karim’s interview.

Against Hércules, you once again scored a doblete.  What happened to you Karim?  How can you explain this fantastic streak?

What happened is that I found myself again, I’ve become reacquainted with my true level.  I work very hard in the training sessions and you can see the results of that in the games.  I’m in a very good moment of my career and I know I have to take advantage.  Right now everything I do is working out well for me.  This bit of luck is helping me to score many goals.  I’m very happy.

You’ve scored 19 goals this season with Madrid.  Do you keep track of all of them?

I don’t even keep a tally.  In the end, the number of goals is not important.  What really matters is each game.  Each encounter represents a new challenge and I don’t want to rest on my laurels.  When each new game starts, I don’t think about what I’ve done, but rather what I have to do.

Against Hércules, without Cristiano on the field, you appeared to be the boss of the front line.  You motioned to your teammates, you organized the offense…

I don’t know if I’m like a boss, as you said, but it’s true that since I’m feeling very good physically, I was very present in the attacks of the team and I ran a lot [He ran a lot!  I’m so proud of you, Karim!].

And we also see you talking a lot more with your teammates during the games and training sessions.  Something has changed, no?

My Spanish is much better now and everything is easier.  For me, it’s essential to be able to communicate with my teammates on the field, and that’s what I do.

You have a lot of desire to play against Lyon.

Of course!  Who would want to be on the bench?  No one!  I want to play all the games, but it’s Mourinho who will decide.  We’ll see what happens.

How is the team preparing for this vital game?

We started focusing on the game against Lyon as soon as the game against Hércules ended.  Madrid has been knocked out six times in the round of 16, and we’re only 90 minutes away from breaking this bad luck streak and qualifying for the quarterfinals.  I hope the public will be present and will push us toward qualification.

Have you spoken to any of your friends from Lyon?

I’ve already received several messages, but I’m sure that I’ll receive a lot more from now till Wednesday.

Read the rest of the interview here!

Next, Adebayor’s interview.

Are you sad that you weren’t able to score against Hércules?

No.  The most important thing for a forward is to create occasions.  There are days in football where I score and others that I don’t.

Do you think your next goal will come on Wednesday against Lyon?

What’s important is for me is to help the team to win.  I don’t know when I’ll score again.  It could be Benzema, Marcelo… the most important thing is that the team scores goals.

If Cristiano plays, you’ll have less opportunities to start…

Cristiano is a fantastic player.  When he’s not there, it’s a great loss for the team and for all the fans.  But if he’s not there, we can’t be pessimistic about it because we have many quality footballers.

Is Benzema better when he plays with you?

I don’t know (laughs).  I’m happy for him.  He’s in a great moment and scoring many goals.

Will Madrid win La Décima?

I hope so, but it won’t be easy.  We have to focus on the present and on Lyon.

Read the rest of the interview here!

The Cristiano Ronaldo update: AS also reports that Cristiano is subjecting himself to double sessions in order to be ready to play against Lyon.  It’s been 11 days since Cris suffered that muscle injury that forced him to miss the last two Liga games (against Málaga on March 3).  In theory, the period of recovery for this type of injury is 10-15 days.  But Cris, unsurprisingly, wants to play.  That’s why he’s been working hard during both the morning (at Valdebebas) and in the afternoon (at home) for a total of six hours a day.  He receives physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and works out in the gym.  He also gets massages and works out in the pool.  Yesterday, he trained apart from his teammates, and came out onto the field to do some light ball work.  Doctors have told Mou that Cris won’t be 100 percent for the game, and there will be risks if he plays, but knowing him, he will play.

And since I don’t have any updates on Pipita, here’s an old picture of him blowing a kiss, after scoring against Deportivo back on Oct. 3, 2010.  Meanwhile, as I mentioned in the ICYMI post, MFC scored in Castilla’s 4-3 victory yesterday.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy permalink
    March 14, 2011 11:05

    I love Cris but he’ll end his career early if he keeps pushing himself and don’t let his body heal properly. So happy for Karim.

  2. March 14, 2011 11:21

    KARIM LOVE!!!! I am so happy for him hitting his form. As for Manu, woot for the form that he’s in and the lack of attitude as well.

    On an unrelated note, I’m having kittens about Lyon already.

  3. Kat permalink
    March 14, 2011 14:00

    That picture of Manu and Karim is precious. They look like two little boys sharing a joke.

  4. mar permalink
    March 14, 2011 14:54

    GO benzi! i like him more now that he works more and he is more confident…keep up the good work!
    I would rather see cris missing the game with lyon than missing the rest of the season like pipita!

  5. bbBenz permalink
    March 14, 2011 18:55

    fr some reason i miss seeing Karim’s sad puppy eyes on the field or bench like he used to. weirdly enough i kinda enjoy it. but fr him to finally found his maximum performance and score a lot of goals i enjoy it even more 😀 Hala Karim!

  6. IsaBella permalink
    March 14, 2011 20:20

    ‘Manu for putting the team’s best interests ahead of everything else’ – I would gladly like to say something on that matter, but I will restrain myself until Una lets me post my impression of the boys. I’m just amazed at how genious the Madrid image specialists are.
    Un grand merci a Karim, il est trop sympa.

  7. Gillian permalink
    March 14, 2011 20:36

    Thanks. I like reading these words from Karim & Manu. And thanks for the pic of Pipita. I miss him!

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