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Ex Real Madrid manager spills secrets about Ronaldo, Cassano, and dressing room: “Smelled of alcohol”

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Fabio Capello is best known in Spain for his last-gasp La Liga win with Real Madrid in the 2006-07 edition. 

Los Blancos needed a win to secure the title heading into their final league fixture against Mallorca but found themselves a goal down quickly enough. Capello then substituted David Beckham out for Jose Antonio Reyes, who scored two goals to turn the game on its head. 

Despite clinching the league title, Capello was sacked immediately after.

The Italian tactician’s two spells at Madrid are thus worthy of deeper dives, particularly his second spell at the club that was marred with controversy.

As relayed by COPE, the former Real Madrid manager opened up in a recent interview on why the team were struggling when he took over in 2006, and how it took a herculean effort to bring reforms.

He began his interview by commenting on Ronaldo Nazario, with whom he did not share the best of relationships during his tenure in Madrid.

“I decided to fire Ronaldo, he liked to party & involved the group. Ronaldo weighed 94 kilos in 2007. I told him to lose weight & he came down to 92.5,” he said on the Brazilian legend.

Capello also lashed out at Antonio Cassano who did not live up to his hype at the Spanish capital. 

“Cassano used to ask for fries before every game, something unacceptable.”

Finally, he revealed the poor general state of the dressing room during his time at the club and how alcohol ruined a team that could have been up among the greatest.

“One day, Van Nistelrooy arrived & told me that ‘here [at Real Madrid] the dressing room smells of alcohol’. It was true.”

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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