11 August 2012
With the American tour now over, the Whites' second coach took stock of the recent friendlies, “We have had an excellent pre-season and we hope to see continuity of this in each of the teams that our our players go to. We've done the work that we wanted to do and the results are there. Let's hope that this week there are no mishaps and that on Thursday, when we all come together, we're in good shape to face the match against Valencia. It's going to be a demanding year right from day one”
In relation to the last fixture against Celtic FC, the Basque coach said, “The worst was the big scare during the match, which we hope isn't too serious, and in our team the incident with Alex and the scare over his knee, which turned out to be nothing. Everything else has been perfect. It's been quite a good pre-season and the training sessions have gone as we wanted them to. It's all been positive”.
Karanka praised the current Real Madrid squad and highlighted their continuous progress as a group, “The better the players are in a squad the easier everything is. We have an excellent squad and we're getting to know each other better and better. Being here with these players is a privilege and we hope to continue with the same ambition and unity and on the road to winning more titles. They are still keen to win titles”.
The Whites second coach believes that the competition within the squad is positive, “It's a sign of the quality of this team. The competitiveness between the players brings out the best in each of them. This can be seen in the matches and it's good for everyone. In each match and training session there's competition to earn the positions and we hope to continue along these lines when la Liga begins next Sunday”.