16 July 2012
Diego Jabalquinto / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Real Madrid started preparing for the 2012/13 season, for which great objectives have been set following last year's brilliant season. Jose Mourinho supervised a session attended by all available men and the academy's Jesus, Morata, Ivan, Alex, Denis, Nacho, Juanfran, Mosquera, Casado, Lucas, Pacheco, Rios and Mateos. None of the internationals who participated in the Euro 2012 were in attendance, and neither was Marcelo, who is set to play in the Olympic Games with Brazil.
The day started very early for the players and the coaching, who had to undergo medical examinations before work began. Spirits were high as they started to gather at Valdebebas and everyone was kidding around.
Di Maria was the first to arrive and was followed by Morata. Varane, Granero, Callejon, Kaka... Football Director Miguel Pardeza greeted everyone upon arrival and Higuian took on captain duties, as he was the most veteran player present today. Everyone looked excited to return to work.
Goalkeepers Adan, Jesus and Pacheco trained with goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro in two goals facing each other at a short distance in order to work on foot and had clearances.
Fitness trainer Rui Faria supervised the stretching exercises and jog tackled by the rest of the players, who were then asked to sprint at different paces in an obstacle course. Two groups were later formed in order to do ball work in a reduced space to achieve maximum mobility.