Written By Onyeka Daniel
As we are about to enter the month of August, football lovers all over the world are very excited as it signals the resumption of the beautiful game of soccer, at least for the top European countries.
The Spanish La Liga will resume on the 12th of August and defending champions the League and also of Europe, Real Madrid will be looking to defend their title, as they put finishing touches to their pre-season in USA.
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They beat Juventus 2-0 in the early hours of today and in the post match interview, Federico Valverde gave his opinion on the team’s level of preparedness for the coming season.
It brings to an end their pre-season tour of the United States, which also involved a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona and a 2-2 draw with Club America.
“There has been an improvement physically and tactically. You always want to win but the preseason has been for picking up rhythm and preparing the Super Cup.” Valverde told Mundo Deportivo.
“We have to continue training hard, preparing the Super Cup. The most important thing is to pick up rhythm and adapt ourselves to what [Antonio] Pintus asks of us. We have trained very well and that will give us gas for the rest of the season.
“In the Clasico we had been stopped for a month and now [against Juventus] it has been different. We are better and we can pressure high.” He further added.
It would represent a new approach for the Los Blancos, who struggled at times last season to press their opponent higher up the pitch due to their ageing midfield.
With the recent acquisition of Aurelien Tchouameni and coupled with the presence of Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga, there will be much agility in that midfield.
The player was also asked about his new position in the team, (right side of the midfield) which is different from the central midfield where he first started out in his career;
“It is not a great Fede but it is a good Fede. I have the support of the manager and the team. I take it as if [every start] were my last chance. It gives me confidence in order to keep taking advantage of them [the chances] and showing why I am here.”
Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernandez has reportedly assured the duo of Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpiliqueta and Marcos Alonso that he would do everything within his power to bring them to the Camp Nou.
The cordial relationship between Barcelona and Chelsea had hit the rocks after the Blaugrana hijacked Raphinha and Jules Kounde from the Blues, as both players rejected the offer from the English club.
The two clubs had met earlier to try and find a solution for Azpiliqueta and Alonso, but Chelsea have now decided to play hard ball over their players, even though they’re sitting on an expiring contract (2023).
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