The day of the Venezuela-Spain friendly has been shifted to June 7 (the original date was June 1), and it will take place in Puerto La Cruz. The date was changed because Barcelona is playing in the Champions League final on May 28, and the federation would like to have the best team possible for this friendly, as well as the one against the U.S. on June 4 in Boston. Puerto La Cruz was chosen as the site in part because it has an airport with the capability of handling large airplanes.
Meanwhile, Vicente del Bosque said during an awards ceremony that he’s not worried that the relationships between Real Madrid and Barcelona players have deteriorated: “we have confidence in the players. Personally, I’m convinced of the good relationships… we don’t fear that the relationships are going to deteriorate.”
And Xabi said,”we’re mature people, people who have played football for many years, so we should know how to behave with our club and on the national team. For my part, there won’t be any problems.”
Update: in his press conference on Friday, Carles Puyol was asked about the situation with La Roja. His take on the issue was: “each one goes onto the field defending his own interests, but on the national team, we are all defending the same thing. We’ll see if this will affect the team, but it should stay on the field… those are things that happen on the field and that’s all.” And when asked whether he had spoken to any Real Madrid player or La Roja teammate after the game, he responded, “I didn’t speak with anyone because I had to go to antidoping.” However, Puyol also said, “I wasn’t surprised that they [Madrid’s La Roja players] didn’t congratulate us.” But Xabi and Álvaro did wait around to congratulate Barcelona’s players, no? I mean, there’s even footage of that, because it took place on the field.
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