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Open Thread: January 7, 2021.

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Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Hola Madridistas!

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail or Oscnar.

Big News of the Day: Atlético Madrid knocked out of Copa del Rey.

For the second season running, the Mattress-makers have been ousted from the tournament by a third-division team, in this case by UE Cornellà. Many of the regulars were in the lineup including: João Félix, Renan Lodi, Saúl Ñíguez, Felipe Monteiro and Ángel Correa. Certainly an impressive feat for UE Cornellà, but one has to wonder what the bosses of Atleti are thinking about this. Check out this SB Nation piece.

Back to Training for Los Blancos.

The squad had a Wednesday afternoon training session at the Valdebebas. Dani Carvajal was still working out on his own.

Check out the video here, particularly Marcelo’s footwork in the small quarters section:

The Weekend Weather Forecast Looms Large

Saturday’s Match at Osasuna is to be played possibly in snowy, sub-zero degree weather (Via Marca), if it will be played at all given that Real Madrid have contacted LaLiga about the issue.

Ultra_Suristic has a great graphic on their twitter:

Some pieces at Managing Madrid worth checking out:

Om Arvind gives his immediate reaction to Real Madrid Feminino defeating Madrid CFF 2-0.

Real Madrid v Madrid CFF - Primera Iberdrola Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

What is the situation with Lucas Vazquez’s contract? Robert Husby has the latest information in detail.

Real Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Santander Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

On the Managing Madrid Podcast Kiyan Sobhani and Matt Wiltse discuss what to make of Dani Ceballos’ comments about returning to Los Blancos.

Arsenal v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Quarter Final Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images