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It’s the Euro quarterfinals!
Spain vs Switzerland at 12PM EST / 6PM CET. Location: Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
After causing the biggest upset of the tournament by eliminating Euro 2020 favorites France in the round of 16, Switzerland will try to take another prized scalp when they face Spain in Saint Petersburg in the quarter finals...https://t.co/m6JnacmHX3— AS English (@English_AS) July 1, 2021
Btw, Morata says he knows why he is booed by fans:
Belgium vs Italy at 3PM CET / 9PM CET Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
All the information you need on how and where to watch Belgium take on Italy in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Friday...https://t.co/IyCskiJhWl— AS English (@English_AS) July 1, 2021
Assorted Madrid news
Real Madrid’s non-spending
Real Madrid are the only team out of Europe's Top 5 leagues who haven't spent any money on transfers during the last four transfer windows (since January 2020). ❌ pic.twitter.com/YYuir62Ken— Infinite Madrid (@InfiniteMadrid) June 30, 2021
What will happen with Bale to be discussed
| Keep an eye on Gareth Bale’s situation, he will have a meeting with Ancelotti.@FabrizioRomano [ ]— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) July 1, 2021
Sergio won’t be gesturing to Neymar to get up anytime soon
Sergio Ramos and Neymar have huge respect for each other https://t.co/m9xmSt7WV7— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) July 1, 2021
Benzema had a big hand in Lloris’ penalty save
| Karim Benzema correctly guessed where and how Ricardo Rodriguez was going to shoot his penalty during France-Switzerland and told Hugo Lloris about it, who then managed to save it. @Le_Parisien #rmalive pic.twitter.com/g7XDiP10rt— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) July 1, 2021
A Madridista noticed Florentino Perez on the street
️| Florentino Perez, 2 months ago: "The other day I was walking with a mask on, thinking finally no one can recognize me, and I hear "Presi, sign Mbappé!" (laughs)."— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) July 1, 2021
️| @jpedrerol: "And what did you reply?"
️| Florentino Perez: "What did I reply? I said stay calm. (smiles)" pic.twitter.com/EnNel51ZzZ
The RM Arab Peñas Federation has been launched
Congratulations to RM Arab Peñas Federation on the official launch. Congrats Madridistas https://t.co/JmFSEMbanc— Real Madrid Info ³⁴ (@RMadridInfo) July 1, 2021
Today’s excerpt from Steven Mandis’ The Real Madrid Way
Typically it takes some time for a new player to absorb and appreciate the expectations of the Real Madrid community. According to the coaches, from the beginning, Ronaldo has always been an incredibly hard worker and practices and trains with as much intensity as he plays in a game. All the coaches talk about how he sets a marvelous example and has an incredible winning mentality. His sculpted body is a visible reminder to teammates and community members of his dedication and commitment.
Cristiano Ronaldo practices in three key areas: tactical (awareness, understanding, decision making and goal-scoring scenarios) physical (speed, strength, stamina and agility), and technical (the basics, passing, shooting, moves, turns and other skills to dominate one on one). He is constantly working on one-touch and two-touch plays (with many repetitions at a time), plus the moves to become unpredictable and therefore very hard to defend against. He spends time in the video room studying the tendencies of other players. The coaches add that Ronaldo has the “personality,” winning mentality, and attitude.
The coaches pointed out that what goes unnoticed on the field is how he has adjusted his game to increase the effectiveness of the team as a whole. He has learned to create space and use the physicality he has added to his body and game to give his teammates more opportunities. The coaches described how he made slight adjustments to help the overall team when Bale joined. All the players said he was a great teammate and knew when and how to diffuse the pressure with a good sense of humor or unite the team with playful rituals (for example, Ronaldo’s and the team’s war cry is “Siiiiii”). Although he is known for scoring goals, he also quietly assists and sets up his teammates, enabling them to score. In 2014-2015, he was Real Madrid’s top assist provider with twenty-two in fifty-four appearances. Even without the ball, Ronaldo helps the team. The coaches pointed to the extra possessions Ronaldo creates for his team with his speed and intensity by pressuring goalies or defensive players to make quick, long passes that are often unsuccessful.
Mandis, Steven G. “The Real Madrid Way: How Values Created the Most Successful Sports Team on the Planet.” Page 178. Dallas, Texas: BenBella Books Inc., 2016.