What is Real Madrid C.F.?
Real Madrid means honesty, solidarity and humility. It is austerity, hard-work and respect for fair-play. It is señorío – the display of class and dignity on and off the pitch. Real Madrid is a hundred and nine years of history, of immense triumphs and devastating losses. Real Madrid is the countless players who have donned the white shirt – Santiago Bernabéu, The Alfredo Di Stéfano era, the Ye-Ye generation, the Galacticos era. Real Madrid is resilience and the ability to make miraculous comebacks. They say “No hay nada como una buena remontada en el Bernabeu”. Real Madrid transcends football. It transcends borders. It is Madridismo. A feeling. A passion. A way of life. A religion.
Training [+] | March 24-25, 2014
Absences: Arbeloa, Jesé, Khedira (injury) | Di María (suspension), Ramos (suspension pending appeal)
- It’s now time to look forward and focus on Sevilla.
- Ramos and Ronaldo were expressing their opinions, not being disrespectful.
- Ancelotti didn’t want to get dragged into referee talk for the Cup final.
- The club won’t report Busquets/Pepe incident, but Ancelotti made a point to note how it may have turned out differently if the tables were turned.
- Either Isco or Illarra will play for the suspended Di María.
- Ramos lost his red card appeal. The club will reportedly move on to the Appeals Committee, who meets Wednesday. If that fails, a last stop injunction could be filed to postpone the suspension so that Sergio can play against Sevilla. The club is claiming that he didn’t touch Neymar nor obstruct a goal scoring opportunity. [pdf]
- A garage fire in Jesé’s apartment complex injured three workmen, one in critical condition. Other RM players reportedly rushed to the scene. Jesé wasn’t harmed but will be staying with Arbeloa in the meantime.
Kickoff vs Sevilla (A) is Wednesday, 10 PM CET | 5 PM EST.
"Real Madrid is the biggest club and that creates a lot of envy around it. You can say that the treatment is the same, but it’s not. Real Madrid is the best in the world and it will fight until the end. The fans were great, they spurred us on, and I have to thank them for their support since the start of the season. I believe we are going to win the league.” — Cristiano Ronaldo [+ ∙ +]