day 3 – first full day in Schruns
May 23, 2012.
La Roja continued preparing for its upcoming friendly against Serbia, with two training sessions on Wednesday.
The morning session was also the team’s first session in Schruns. A light rain fell during the morning and continued as the players got off the bus, but stopped by the time the players emerged onto the practice field. Vicente del Bosque gave continuous orders and organized his players as he watched them go through a series of physical and tactical exercises and play a game. The anecdote of the day came when the team had already assembled in a circle, with VDB ready to give his chat. Then Sergio came running up, the last one to arrive, and as he joined them, Álvaro Arbeloa started applauding sarcastically, and was joined by Álvaro Negredo, Xabi, David Silva and Jesús Navas. I wonder of any of the new players dared to participate in this…
Another session was held in the afternoon, where the players once again trained. Many fans of La Roja attended the session, and the players spent some time signing autographs once they had finished training.
For your ogling pleasure…
The press conference was attended by four players, two veterans and two rookies: Santi Cazorla, Jesús Navas, David de Gea and Álvaro Domínguez. The first question was about David Villa’s absence. Cazorla called it “an important absence,” adding that “if he hadn’t been in the Eurocopa and the World Cup, I’m sure that Spain wouldn’t have been champions.” Navas commented, “he’s a great footballer that brings a lot to this team. He’s a very important player in the group and it’s a shame that he can’t be here with us. We send him a hug.”
Meanwhile, Domínguez said it’s good for there to be a mixture of veterans and young players, since “we can contribute this hope and desire, while the veterans have experience and the knowledge of what it’s like to play in those key moments that bring titles.” And De Gea answered a question about the group atmosphere: “it’s great, it’s a group of friends who like to play football and it’s a pleasure to be with them and enjoy these training sessions,” adding that “I’m happy to be here training with them [Iker and Pepe], I’m trying to learn as much as I can about how they train and what they’re like as persons. Any detail is important and they try and help you in everything.”
In a separate interview with the RFEF, Jesús was asked about his relationship with Sergio Ramos and Álvaro Negredo: “I’ve shared a team with Negredo this past year and we know each other very well. I was with Sergio in the inferior categories of Sevilla and we’ve always been very good friends.” I love the pairing of Sergio and Jesús, and how Sergio acts as a big brother even though he’s younger.
The Xabi Alonso pose section.™
As for the U-21 team, Luis Milla has called up the following players for the upcoming U-21 2013 Euro qualifier against Estonia on May 31 in Tallinn, with the caveat that the list could change depending on what the senior team does. As you can see, many of the player have “graduated” from the U-19 and U-20 teams, and that Isco and De Gea will leave the senior team after the first friendly to join the U-21 team.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Joel Robles, Diego Mariño.
Defenders: Jon Aurtenetxe, Martín Montoya, Carles Planas, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Nacho Fernández.
Midfielders: Koke Resurrección, Oriol Romeu, Pablo Sarabia, Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Rubén Pardo.
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Isaac Cuenca, Cristian Tello, Rodrigo Moreno, Álvaro Vázquez.
The players are due at the Hotel Tryp Alameda Aeropuerto in Madrid on May 27 at 20:30h. They’ll head to Tallinn via Frankfurt at 09:55h on May 29, and in the Estonian capital, they’ll be staying at the Radisson Blue Hotel Tallinn. The game will be played on May 31 at 19h at the Lilleküla Stadium. The team will return to via Munich on the morning of June 1, arriving in Madrid at 11:35h.