Speaking in an interview with the club’s official media, Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has stressed the importance of a good pre-season, stating that it will put the team in a good position to achieve great things.
Real Madrid have already begun preparations for the new season and things will kick up a notch this week as they fly to the USA to play four pre-season friendly encounters against AC Milan, Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus.
The pre-season so far has been intense, as revealed by new signing Jude Bellingham, and Valverde echoed the same thoughts, while adding that it will hold them in good stead when the campaign starts.
“The pre-season has been quite tough, but this is what will give us the energy to tackle the season in all competitions,” Valverde said.
“We have to prepare well to get the maximum energy at the start of the season. This is what will give us a good feeling in the middle and at the end of the season. When other teams go down, we can be aiming for the top.”
Talking about the team and their prospects for the upcoming campaign, the Real Madrid midfielder said: “We have a great team and if we all pull together we can achieve great things.”
Valverde also spoke about the tour of the US and stated that it is an important part of the preparation for what lies ahead, saying:
“The tour is very important. I always think about enjoying it with Real Madrid and making the most of it, continuing to learn every day, and giving the fans the best. Going to the United States is very nice and I’ll try to do my best.”
Valverde has grown into one of the most vital cogs in Ancelotti’s team, be it as a midfielder or on the right flank. The Uruguayan ace could find himself playing more and more in attack this season due to the intense competition for places in midfield.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”