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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And there goes Barcelona unbeaten run at La Liga. Were up by two against Real Sociedad, which with one more player (Pique got a red card) somehow turned it around.
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I really like how RS plays. They could make some noise in the Europa cup next year.
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It's all because I wasn't watching today.
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I'm honestly glad Valdes is gone after next year. Hopefully our next keeper (ter Stegen Pray Pray ) won't be make so many infuriating mistakes.
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yankee0724 wrote:
I'm honestly glad Valdes is gone after next year. Hopefully our next keeper (ter Stegen Pray Pray ) won't be make so many infuriating mistakes.


Heard they want Courtois the most.
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I'd love either of them. Guaita too.
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I've been reading a bit about it being Reina.
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Guillem Balague is claiming Ramos and most of Madrid's key players have given the board an ultimatum of us or him (Mourinho) to be decided by June. Casillas is also out for 2 months.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Guillem Balague is claiming Ramos and most of Madrid's key players have given the board an ultimatum of us or him (Mourinho) to be decided by June. Casillas is also out for 2 months.

It's so infuriating. Real Madrid finally has a manager who has the spine to stand up to the players and the board. And, now socios (fans who own Real Madrid) want Mourinho out because of 1 not so great season after last year breaking the record of 99 points by going 100 and scoring the most goals and almost getting to the finals of the Champions League.

More of the same from Real Madrid it seems. What a joke.

By the way, since the socios want Mourinho out that means that Perez will indeed sack him if Perez wants to get re-elected.
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Florentino Perez had a press conference to say that the rumor is untrue.

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Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez breaks with tradition to dismiss reports of a rift between club manager José Mourinho and his captains Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas. Spanish newspaper Marca published a story this morning saying Casillas and Ramos had told Mourinho that if he stayed, they would go. Pérez says the report was designed to 'destabilise' the club


http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/video/2013/jan/24/mourinho-ultimatum-real-madrid-video


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It is absolutely false that any kind of ultimatum was discussed regarding the coach or anything similar at the lunch we had with the captains last Tuesday”, said the Real Madrid president
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Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid, spoke before the press at the VIP box of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium to deny a report published today in a Madrid newspaper claiming that the players had demanded the exit of coach José Mourinho: “I’m speaking in light of the seriousness of what happened today in order to make it clear that there was no ultimatum that the coach or anyone else leave the team given at the captain’s lunch. We had lunch to discuss bonuses. The meeting was held in a relaxed atmosphere as usual. What has been said is not true, not in its content or in how much was said. I respect the press and I respect criticisms although they seem unfair. There are ethical limits that should be respected by those that aren’t a part of our project. It doesn’t seem ethical to resort to lies to destabilize the club”.

In his roughly 15 minute talk Florentino Pérez explained that he was left with no choice but to call the press conference to respond to the seriousness of the situation, something he usually doesn’t do: “As you can see, given the seriousness of what happened today I’ve broken my own rule about not speaking about day-to-day team business. It is absolutely false that any kind of ultimatum was discussed regarding the coach or anything similar at the lunch we had with the captains last Tuesday. As you all know, we usually have lunch in January with the two captains and the general manager in order to set the bonuses for the different competitions of the season.”

The Real Madrid president stressed that “the meeting was held as usual in a relaxed atmosphere with a responsible attitude on the part of the captains. What has been reported is untrue. Neither the content or the quantities of what was discussed, and I want to reiterate that I have a lot of respect for the press. I take criticisms although they might be objectively unfair or seem so to me. I think that I’ve demonstrated my ability to withstand the repeated insults that attempt to control the path of this club over the years. But I think there are ethical boundaries that must be respected, even by those that don’t share our opinion”.

In addition, Pérez said that one of the foundations of journalism is to check information, something that wasn’t done in this case: “None of the four people at the meeting, two here before you and Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, have been called to check the truth of what was said or to get our version of the story. I think that’s very serious. I even understand that someone might want someone else to leave the club, but to resort to lies to destabilize the club and the team to make that happen, even when we win and secure our place in the Copa del Rey semifinals, I say publically that it seems unethical to me. These types of things have happened repeatedly, but they’re not going to happen again”.

Florentino Pérez took advantage of the moment to send a message of unity against the systematic attacks on the club: “I have to say, beyond it being in the interests of some, it’s just simply a lie. I also want to remind the members and fans about our unity, which has made us into the best club in the world. We’re the only ones that decide the future of our club”.

There was a question and answer session for journalists after the president’s press conference. Florentino Pérez reiterated the seriousness of the situation and the reason for his appearance: “I’m here to deny a false report that aims to achieve personal goals and destabilize the world’s most prestigious organization that has 100 years of history. The information published today after a really important win for our club is that the Real Madrid captains have given the club an ultimatum. I’m telling you that this information is really serious and I want to say publically that it’s a lie. These reports come to no good for Madrid nor for the newspaper that publishes them.”

The lie is precisely what led the Real Madrid president to make a special appearance before the press: “I hear everything. Like with Falcao, that I’m going to sign this player, that others are leaving, that we want to give a raise to someone else, but today I only want to take about one thing, and that is that a Madrid newspaper has published a lie on their front page that intends to destabilize the club. I want to publically denounce this report and it’s serious enough for me to be here. I was taught that you journalists have a code which is to check your information. Why didn’t anyone call us? I know that my getting involved is rough but when the line is crossed and someone tries to destabilize the team…then I have to be here”.

Florentino Pérez also explained that he has not spoken with Mourinho about the situation yet because everything happened so quickly: “I haven’t spoken with Mourinho. When I saw the news this morning it seemed so serious to me that someone could play with an institution like Real Madrid. But this isn’t an everyday thing. I know that there’s an element of entertainment in sports. When the line is crossed and someone tries to destabilize the club with lies I will be here defending this institution because I’m the president and it’s my job to defend the club. I’m here before you today in behalf of the players as well”. Although it wasn’t the topic of the day Pérez also took the time to speak about injured goalkeeper Casillas: “I truly feel bad about his injury and we’ll have a chance to speak about it on another occasion”.


Florentino Pérez: “It doesn’t seem ethical to resort to lies to destabilize the club” - RealMadrid.com
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What else would he say though?
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yankee0724 wrote:
What else would he say though?

Marca has said lies before. I doubt that Perez and now Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos are lying as well.
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ElReyDeLosReyes wrote:
yankee0724 wrote:
What else would he say though?

Marca has said lies before. I doubt that Perez and now Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos are lying as well.


That's certainly true, but still you can hardly take any of them at face value. If Ramos and Casillas cave and fess up, they end up looking greedy and petulant. If Perez admits, it destabilizes the entire club and jeopardizes his future presidency. Can't believe anything you read or see until something concrete happens.
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yankee0724 wrote:
What else would he say though?

Marca has said lies before. I doubt that Perez and now Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos are lying as well.


And they would admit to this too, right?

True or not, it's better for everyone involved to deny it.
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Nice little turn from Cesc to set up Iniesta.

We're basically in the Copa del Rey semi against Madrid.
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