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all set for Barcelona (again)!

April 19, 2011
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This morning at Valdebebas, Madrid held their last training session before tomorrow’s Copa del Rey final (21:30h) in Valencia against Barcelona.  Twenty-one players were at the disposition of José Mourinho on this Tuesday morning.  The absences were the injured Lass (he was seen running outside) and Gago (working out inside), while Raúl Albiol was excused since he can’t play in the game.  Sami Khedira trained with his teammates for the first 10 minutes, but then headed inside before the session was completed.  The session was supposed to start at 11h, but the players didn’t come out onto the field until 45 minutes later.  Aitor Karanka took part in the session as both a coach and as a player.

Where did Xabi go?  Marcelo looks a bit odd with that headband!  And I hope the bandage around Sergio’s lower right leg doesn’t mean anything! 

Nineteen footballers were called up for tomorrow’s game.  Gago and Lass were left out due to injury, Albiol due to sanction and Pedro León and Sergio Canales due to the coach’s decision.

Goalkeepers: Iker, Adán, Dudek.

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

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Özil, Di María, Khedira, Granero, Kaká.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Adebayor, Higuaín, Benzema.

I’d like to know what’s going on in the minds of Ricky x 2 and Esteban in these exact moments.

The team will travel to Valencia later this afternoon, and Mou will give a press conference (I’ll update this post with those things later or tomorrow, since it is Semana Santa!).

The bromance that gets dressed / stretches together stays together?  And still loving Cris’ hair!

Random assortment of things

This article tells us that Mesut Özil’s teammates say that he’s a great guy, and that despite not speaking much castellano, “he understands everything by looking at people’s faces although he doesn’t know what is being said.”

Fun fact: Madrid’s information hotline is 902 31 17 09.  The 902 is a normal prefix for business hotlines, but do you know why the numbers 31, 17 and 09 were chosen?  It’s because they represent the number of Ligas, Copas del Rey and Champions Leagues, respectively, that Madrid has won.  So hopefully on Thursday, the number will be changed to 902 31 18 09!

And to round off this post, excerpts from a chat that Fernando Morientes did with readers of Marca.

The player I had the best understanding with was Raúl.  Those were my most fruitful years.  With him, things are so much easier.

I learned many things (with Raúl), especially in giving everything for the shirt we wore… I’m sure he will return to Madrid.

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2011 15:55

    Hey Una, someone on twitter said that Pepe had an accident & he won’t play tomorrow and it’s even added to his wiki page. PLEASE say it ain’t true? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepe_(footballer_born_1983)

    • Henrik permalink
      April 19, 2011 16:50

      I hope it’s just some Barca supporter who wants to mess with Real Madrid minds.

  2. IsaBella permalink
    April 19, 2011 16:03

    Kaka got a haircut! 🙂

  3. April 19, 2011 16:04

    ah Moriii..I miss Morientes..missing him when he still joined in Real Madrid together with Raul and won Champions League..
    haha..I like Kaka pose..look a guitarist 😀 (LOL)
    but I really don’t like CR hair style..he looks ugly 😦

  4. LaBlanca permalink
    April 19, 2011 16:10

    awww ricky & Esteban!!!! and Kaka playing air guitar!

    Hey una, have you seen the Crackovia clasico special? So funny loooool! Loved the outtake where Mou said: Messi dont laugh at Cristiano he is very sensible. LOL so funny many funny scenes this time.

    • April 19, 2011 16:35

      I saw it, but I found it very predictable (as it has been lately, which is why I stopped translating it). I knew exactly which moments would be satirized and how they would do it (like the Domingo de Ramos quip).

      • LaBlanca permalink
        April 19, 2011 16:54

        yeah I knew that too but still I had some good laughers 😀

  5. Nurul permalink
    April 19, 2011 16:19

    Aw, Morientes. Raul + Morientes = favourite partnership, tbh.
    Anyways, I’m really excited for the game! I hope Ozil plays, he was magnificent in the previous match.

  6. Ange permalink
    April 19, 2011 16:40

    well el Pulpo Iker (i bet you love the name Una) is the Pulpo that said that on Saturday will end up in a tie … is now saying that 2morrow … REAL MADRID … will WIN …. so will see what happens …

    & as for you question about where did Xabi go … maybe the pic that didn’t have Xabi was 1st & then Xabi saw the fun that was happening & decided to join them …

    I love pictures that show how happy they are …. & it soo nice & refreshing … I hate when the get mad & start arguing … It sooo scrary (not really but I perfer a smile over frown)

  7. Henrik permalink
    April 19, 2011 16:53

    I too hope that Özil plays, he played less than 45 minutes and earn the man of the match award (shared with Pepe)

  8. PepperPots permalink
    April 19, 2011 17:02

    Cris looks comically small in that pic with Kaka! Hahaha.

  9. syahid H permalink
    April 19, 2011 19:29

    Una..thanks for the update..hopefully on Thursday, the number will be changed to 902 31 18 09!

  10. April 19, 2011 20:21

    I’m so nervous about tomorrow. I want our boys to win so badly. I want this for my club yes, but also for my current team. HALA MADRID!

  11. April 19, 2011 20:42

    this is wts going on :{DDD

  12. PMom_GA permalink
    April 19, 2011 21:37

    Iker the Octupus picks RM over Barca in Copa. He chose “draw” for Saturday, so he’s been put on the picking spot for now.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=ap-octopusoracle

    “BENALMADENA, Spain (AP)—Iker the Octopus has picked Real Madrid to beat Barcelona on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey final.

    The 35-pound Pacific Ocean octopus named after Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas correctly predicted a draw in the first of four matches between the teams. Now, he’s out to prove his first pick was no fluke.

    Iker chose Madrid on Tuesday by snatching a sardine from the tube covered with the team’s logo.

    Iker floated passively for 15 minutes without selecting a sardine from either team’s tube on Friday, a day before Madrid rallied to a 1-1 draw in a Spanish league match.

    The teams also will face each other in both legs of the Champions League semifinals.”

    • Mel permalink
      April 20, 2011 18:35

      The final paragraf is funny. “The teams will face each other in BOTH legs of the Champions League semifinals.”

      Since there are two games to be played, before it’s decided which team will play the final, it must be a given that they will play each other in BOTH semifinal legs…..
      Unless someone might have the odd understanding that three teams plays a semifinal leg…… Which is ridicouless.

  13. Naoko permalink
    April 19, 2011 23:12

    Moriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. ❤

  14. ulong permalink
    April 20, 2011 02:28

    ah, Marcelo…you are the joy of our team 😀

  15. April 20, 2011 04:00

    I love Ricardo Carvalho in this post ❤

  16. cisarovna permalink
    April 20, 2011 04:08

    I like CR’s slicked back hair. Sexy and aerodynamic! I don’t care what that baby gooner says on twitter! 😀

    By the way, your blog is absolutely fabulous and super classy. You must be some kind of genius, with the whole mastery of translation and your computer skills.

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