Real Madrid get down to business

Real Madrid began their ICC preparation this morning, training
under closed doors at Aami Park this morning.  

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale felt the full effects of Melbourne’s
notorious unpredictable chilly weather, as the temperature dropped to 9 degrees
at 11am this morning.

Despite only landing in Melbourne last night, new manager
Rafa Benitez was determined to put his players to the test.

Real Madrid also began their second training session of the
day at 5pm today at Aami Park.

Victorian sports minister John Eren believes the ICC
tournament will create an economic boom in Melbourne.

“We are very humbled to have biggest team in the world
here,” Eren said.

“Our reputation will be enhanced with your presence; Real
Madrid is the biggest football club in the world.”

Real Madrid third vice-president Pedro Lopez Jimenez acknowledged
Melbourne’s love for sport, football and its ability to host world class
events.

“We are proud of being a universal club and so proud of
having fans everywhere in the world,” he said.

“It’s our first time in Australia and Melbourne is the right
place to come. Melbourne was the host of the Olympics in 1956, practically
straight after the Second World War they came here”.

SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Fernando Pacheco, Ruben Yanez
Defenders: Raphael Varane, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal,
Alvaro Arbeloa, Danilo
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Lucas Silva, Luka Modric, Denis Cheryshev,
Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Marcos Llorente, Martin Odegaard, Jose Carlos Lazo
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Jese

 

TRAINING TIMES:

Friday 17 July 
Real Madrid Open Training Session 
10.30am – 11.30am, Melbourne Cricket Ground

 

AS ROMA ANNOUNCE SQUAD! 


AS Roma have
announced their 32 man squad, including a string of first team players, Totti,
Gervinho, De Rossi, Cole and Strootman to name a few.

Unfortunately, Danny
De Silva won’t be able to complete his dream of playing in front of a full
house at the MCG, after being left out of the squad.

Roma’s plane details- QF010 arrives at Tullamarine on Wednesday at 20.55

SQUAD:

Bogdan Lobont, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Ashley Cole, Radja
Nainggolan, Leandro Castan, Kevin Strootman, Juan Manuel Iturbe, Adem Ljajic,
Francesco Totti, Maicon, Iago Falque, Miralem Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi, Victor
Ibarbo, Seydou Keita, Mattia Destro, Alessandro Florenzi, Morgan De Sanctis,
Gervinho, Leandro Paredes, Vasileios Torosidis, Konstantinos Manolas, Alessio
Romagnoli, Salih Ucan, Silvio Anocic, Lorenzo Di Livio, Tomas Svedkauskas, Jose
Machin Dicombo, Ionut Alin Pop, Seydou Doumbia, Elio Capradossi, Antonio
Sanabria

 

 

TRAINING TIMES:

Monday 20 July* 
AS Roma Open Training Session 
5.30pm – 6.30pm, Melbourne Cricket Ground 

 

 

MANCHESTER CITY:

Manchester City has
been training tough on the Gold Coast, in preparation for a serious push for a
third Premier League in a decade.


The blues take on
Adelaide United behind closed doors at Cbus Super Stadium before playing
against sister club Melbourne City, in front of a sellout crowd this weekend.

City has been
preparing the hardest out of the three ICC teams down under, training two to
three times a day in decent conditions compared to England’s cold climate.

SQUAD:

Caballero, Wright, Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Fernando, Navas, Toure,
Denayer, Zuculini, Maffeo, Horsfield, Plummer, Evans, Glendon, Fofana, Garcia,
Celina, Barker, Iheanacho, Pozo, Unal, Ntcham, Humphreys, Gunn, Hart,
Kolarov, Sagna, Mangala, Silva, Jovetic, Bony, Dzeko, Lopes.

 

TRAINING TIMES:

Friday 17 July 
Manchester City Open Training Session 
7-8pm Melbourne Cricket Ground

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By ARI CHARILAOU

THE TURF