it does feel good!
The training session
Spain held their first training session before their Americas tour yesterday afternoon at Las Rozas. The session started with VDB giving a chat. The team only trained for about one hour, and it was a light session, in which all eyes were on the gestures, words, complicity between those players from Real Madrid and Barcelona. And there really wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, probably much to the disappointment of the press, who are always looking for morbo. Yay for normality!
David Villa didn’t finish the session, while Manu del Moral spent the majority of the hour stretching, as he’s recovering from a muscle injury. Andrés Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Silva trained apart from the group, and mostly without the ball.
The next session will be this morning, it will be followed by lunch and then it will be off to Boston, where hopefully we’ll get to see some of the boys display their English skills.
Fernando Hierro told the press that he witnessed the “same hugs and greetings” as always between the players at the start of the concentración, adding, “and if something strange happens, Vicente del Bosque is there. He’s a great manager.”
Meanwhile, Borja Valero told EP that “just playing a rondo with these players is incredible.”
In an interview with Radio Marca, David Villa said, “I believe it’s all in the past now. It was more of an issue on the outside. There’s always been controversy, always been hard fouls because Barcelona and Madrid are rivals. When I play in the semifinals of the Champions League with my club, the furthest thought in my mind is that Madrid’s defenders are national team players. I’ve had many piques with Casillas when I played in Valencia but nothing was ever said. What happens is that everything is magnified for the Barça-Madrid games. I understand, because these games always have a lot of tension, but I assure you there aren’t any problems. For us, nothing has changed.” David also spoke with TVE (which you can view here), where he didn’t say anything he hadn’t said before.
And Pepe Reina spoke to COPE’s “El partido de las 12,” where they asked him if Arbeloa and Villa showed up to training wearing helmets, and when they continued along those lines, Pepe was like, “are you going to keep asking these types of questions?” Then they asked him who he sleeps with during the concentración, and when he replied I sleep by myself, they were amazed, so Pepe shot back, “I’d like to be sleeping with my wife but I can’t.” He also says he’s excited to have almost an entire month of vacation, after three consecutive years with summer commitments. The presenters also ask him about Luca, and Pepe said obviously he’d like to be spending time with him, but since he’s probably not sleeping well, it’s good for him (papá Pepe) that he has a week (with La Roja) to rest.
The U-21 team also started their concentración yesterday afternoon, in Madrid’s Tryp Alameda Aeropuerto hotel. They’ll head to Las Rozas today to begin preparing for the U-21 Euro, which will take place in Denmark from June 8-25. They’ll have a morning session, and then move into the residence in the afternoon (once the senior team is gone). They’ll stay there until June 4, when they’ll travel to Soria to take on Russia in a friendly at the Los Pajaritos on June 5. After that, they’ll return to Madrid and Las Rozas for three more days until June 8, when they fly to Denmark. The U-21’s first game will be against England on June 12, followed by the Czech Republic on June 15 and Ukraine on June 19. The pobrecito, Sergio Canales, was not called up and all he could do from Santander was tweet some of his (former) teammates, such as Iker Muniain, who called him “puto chanels.” Jajaja!!
Meanwhile, the U-19 team beat Switzerland 2-1 behind goals from Juanmi and Isco in the Elite Round, with a spot in the U-19 Euro in Romania at stake (only the winner of this mini-tournament will qualify). Pablo Sarabia had a great match; his stellar play led to the first goal. Meanwhile, Juanmi also provided an assist, in the second goal.
The commercial that David Villa was filming on Monday in Madrid was for adidas football, and he filmed it with actress Blanca Suárez. He said, via his FB, that she’s really nice and that they laughed a lot together. Will Javi (!!!) be jealous?
And Iker posted this photo on his FB, while Sergio tweeted it. Iker wrote, “time for a coffee with the national team. We just finished dinner and we have a chat before going to our rooms to rest well. Good night!” Sergio’s tweet was accompanied by the following words: “Good night to everyone. We had our first training session with the national team and it was great. Tomorrow we travel to the United States. I leave you all a photo. A hug.” I like how Iker and Xabi apparently refused to pose like Sergio and Álvaro, with their thumbs up. Good boys.
And Joan tweeted a photo of himself and Santi Cazorla, as well as another bad joke, but this one we can only blame on Santi, since Joan was only the messenger. As for the photo, this must have been the one second during the entire day that Santi looked serious, yet Joan managed to capture it. Great photography skills!