Real Madrid training attracts thousands

The MCG played host to over 10,000 jubilant fans as they got
to see Real Madrid train for the first time.

Fans gathered early in anticipation, unbothered by Melbourne’s
cold wintry weather.

The man on everyone’s mind was none other than superstar
Cristiano Ronaldo. Thousands of kids managed to convince their parents to take
off school, for the once in a lifetime chance to see their idol in the flesh.

The turnout is a testament to Ronaldo’s world class ability
as a player and as a professional icon off the field.

Manager Rafa Benitez took his players through a light
training session followed by a mini match. If you listening from outside the G,
you would have thought it was a real game judging by the crowd’s decibel
levels.

The training was a
great rev up for fans attending the game tomorrow night, and also gave people
who didn’t have a ticket a chance to see their football heroes live in action.

When asked about life in Melbourne, Benitez said the players
he and the players were loving it. “The fans were amazing. The sporting
culture here in the city is fantastic,”

Pressures will be high on Benitez, after Real Madrid failed
to win any silverware in the previous season.

“Obviously you have more media, more people around
watching you. For me it doesn’t change too much. I have to concentrate on my
job and try to do my best in the things that I know. Coaching the team and
trying to have a winning mentality.

"I know the city, I know the fans, I know the club. So that is an
advantage.”

“Pre-season for us is to try new formations, to try
players in different positions and players to take on different ideas we’re
trying to develop,” he said.

“There are a lot of things we’d like to work on – one
of them is defence, to sure up the defence a bit better.

Real Madrid kicks off their International Champions Cup
campaign on Saturday night against Italian giants AS Roma.  

Stay tuned as our team will be on the ground reporting live on the International Champions Cup.Follow THE TURF on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.


By ARI CHARILAOU

THE TURF