Training [+ • +] | December 9, 2013
The team completed Monday’s evening session in Copenhagen. The 20 players called up trained in two groups split between keepers and outfielders.
Call-Ups | Departure | Arrival in Copenhagen [+] | Preview
Absences:Coentrão, Khedira, Varane (injury) | Ramos (suspension)
Ancelotti and Pepe delivered Monday’s press conference. [+]
In regards to Di María, the coach played down rumors of a January departure. Ancelotti insisted that Ángel is important to the team. However, if he is unhappy at season’s end, Ancelotti’s door is always open.
Bale is set to play after recovering from the flu. Alonso, who will celebrate his 200th game with RM, is as well. The Basque is in his final year with the club, and Ancelotti admitted that Xabi is someone both he and the club want to renew.
Pepe threw in his opinion about the Ballon d’Or, tipping Ronaldo as the deserved winner. “The only player who deserves it is Cristiano because it’s an individual award and he’s playing brilliantly this year. For example, Spain won the World Cup in 2010 but no Spanish player won this award. He’s doing his job really well and that helps us a lot.”
Regarding his own future, Pepe hasn’t thought about leaving the club. He is happy here, and loves the club and its people.
Kickoff is slated for Tuesday, 8:45 PM CET | 2:45 PM ET.