17 August 2012
On Friday Real Madrid trained in the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time in the 2012/2013 season to prepare for their official debut in the current campaign. This Sunday the Whites go up against Valencia on their home ground (19:00, C+ Liga and Gol T) on the first day of the Liga. It will be a clash in which the reigning champion will face the team that came third in the last Liga. José Mourinho led the team's third training session of the week in the same setting where the Real Madrid players will kick off the championship.
The Whites' first training session of the season in the Santiago Bernabéu took place in extremely hot weather. It was the second day this week that José Mourinho worked with the footballers that played matches with their national sides. The training session was composed of three groups that worked separately. In the first, the three Whites keepers, Casillas, Adán and Jesús, trained alongside goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro, working intensely both with and without the ball.
The second group was comprised of Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Özil, Di María, Higuaín, Khedira, Arbeloa, Albiol and Coentrão. The nine footballers were led in their session by Rui Faria, who had them doing different stretches, continuous running and various exercises. Meanwhile, the other outfielder players took part in an intense warm-up before working with the ball. José Mourinho followed his footballers' progress very carefully in what will be the setting for the Whites' debut match.