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Open Thread: April 13, 2021

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The Daily Merengue: “The Calm Before Another Storm” Edition

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images

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The training continues

Real Madrid returned to training ahead of the Champions League match VS Liverpool.

About Toni & Fede

Since the dup of Valverde and Kroos came off during the clasico, madridistas everywhere have been crossing their fingers, hoping that they make the crucial second leg game against Liverpool. The german trained with the team and had no reports released about him whatsoever, so one would think that he’s probably fine. Things are a bit more complicated for Fede Valverde though. The young star followed a more specific training regime in preparation for the match and there he could even receive an injection to play through the pain caused from the bruise.

An interesting idea to avoid burnout

Zinedine Zidane had a.. somewhat unusual, yet interesting idea to help the starters from El Clasico balance training and retaining some much needed energy. The coach decided to make the second half of yesterday’s training lighter for said players, by having them use bikes, instead of training on the pitch, hoping to ease both their body and mind this way.

Most Valuable Clubs Rankings

According to Forbes, Real Madrid are the second most valuable football club in the world right now, only 0.01 billion $ behind archrivals FC Barcelona.

Have a great day, keep calm ahead of tomorrow’s important match and may the madridismo be with you, always.