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Open Thread: November 19, 2021

Our Friday issue of the Daily Merengue!

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

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Quiet Times

Not a whole heck of a lot going on in Real Madrid land — until Sunday, that is.

Today (Friday) there are a few club football matches of note:

  • Levante vs. Athletic Bilbao at 3pm EST / 20:00 CET
  • FC Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich at 2:30 EST / 19:30 CET
  • Monaco vs. Lille 3:00 EST / 20:00 CET

Fortifying the Belgian Wall

Thibaut Courtois — together with Andriy Lunin — trained with ferocity under the undercast sky at Real Madrid City:

Real Madrid’s goalkeepers are the image of focus and professionalism.

MARCA contemplates where he sits among all active goalkeepers :

Thursday Training at the Valdebebas

Antonio Blanco, a player many of us hope to see getting minutes, waits with good balance for his opportunity to take the ball off of Lucas Vazquez.

Many key players were looking good and ready for Granada:

Update on Fede Valverde, who we hope to have be back for Sunday, along with news of Militao and Vini Jr.:

Some early World Cup 2022 odds are out

Let’s ask the same question on our poll:

Poll

If you had to pick a favorite now, who would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Brazil
    (86 votes)
  • 79%
    France
    (383 votes)
  • 2%
    England
    (10 votes)
479 votes total Vote Now

Really, Dani Alves for right back?

This is probably not far from the truth in the Barcelona dressing room.