PREP FOR LA REAL | April 28-29, 2016
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T r a i n i n g
- Thu, Apr 28: Recovery session; Benzema, Ronaldo indoors {1} {2}
- Fri, Apr 29: No Benzema, Ronaldo, or Arbeloa
  ⌞ Videos: {1} {2} {3} {4} {5} {6}
  ⌞ Edwin van der Sar and Ronald de Boer visit {}

C a l l - u p s  (19 players)
- In: Mayoral
- Out: Benzema, Ronaldo (injury) | Arbeloa (technical decision) | Kroos (rest)

I n j u r y  u p d a t e s  (previously)  
Benzema added to the speculation of the players’ lack of confidence in the medical team by uploading a pic of himself being treated by physio Juan Moro, who was dismissed by RM last summer. AS consulted Dr. José González to better explain his injury. He said Benzema’s myofascial injury is characterized by muscle pain and stiffness; it is not a tear. González’s knowledge of this type of injury leads him to believe Benzema could have a chance playing City on Wednesday. This is all dependent on whether RM’s staff got the diagnosis right to begin with…
Ronaldo is said to have approved getting a second opinion from staff at Barça. Due to his determined nature, he’s reportedly decided to play Wednesday even though he is not 100% fit. The club are less optimistic about Benzema, according to COPE. In either case, the final decisions will be made on matchday.

P r e s s  c o n f e r e n c e  {1} {2}

- Confirmed CR7’s new injury, Benzema’s grade I; wouldn’t get involved in Olmo talk [ESPN]
- Isn’t thinking about Wednesday; hopes all his players at 100% for La Real
- Jesé, who picked up a knock last week, has recovered fully
- Bale not likely to be rested 

M a t c h  (La Liga, MD36)
- Preview {} | Arrival {} | Autographs {}
- Last meeting: (W) 3-1 (Dec 30, 2015 - MD17)
- Kickoff: Sat, Apr 30 at 4pm CEST 🛩
- Yellow card alert: Kovačić, Nacho, Vázquez
- La Real’s injuries and suspensions [Marca]
- Only away team unbeaten in 2nd half of La Liga (6W, 2D)
- Isco and James expected to start [Marca]

Other news 
- Watch RMTV live online: English | Spanish
- RM officially confirmed for 16/17 UCL group stage [UEFA]
- Stadium remodel woes [Telegraph]
- Appeals Committee rescinds Danilo’s yellow card vs Villarreal [Marca]
- Carvajal, Casilla, Jesé, Nacho, Vázquez, Yáñez on RMTV’s new talk show {}
- Marcelo, Casemiro, Danilo, Yáñez participate in BBVA clinic {}
- Fans come up with dickish way to get players to sign autographs [Mirror]
- Rumor: Benfica keen on bringing back Coentrão [Marca]
- Corazón Classic vs Ajax Legends: Sun, Jun 5 {1} {2}
- Man who discovered Casemiro describes the player [Marca]
- Adán hoping to beat Barça to help RM [Marca]
- Casemiro makes Brazil’s preliminary Copa América list [CBF]
- Vallejo in Madrid to have newest injury checked out by RM (out at least 1 month) [Marca]

Hay Liga: Four games remaining to decide title | April 22, 2016 |  ©
- Fixtures include other competitions (Copa del Rey, Champions League)

B a r c e l o n a  (79 pts)
- Injuries: Mathieu (season over), Sandro (by or near MD37), Vermaelen (by or near MD36)
- Yellow card alert: N/A
- Last 5 matches: W L L L W
MD35: 🏠  Sporting (Apr 23) | Last meeting: MD16 (RSG 1-3 FCB)
MD36: 🛩  Betís (Apr 30) | Last meeting: MD17 (FCB 4-0 RBB)
MD37: 🏠  Espanyol (May 7/8) | Last meeting: MD18 (ESP 0-0 FCB)
MD38: 🛩  Granada  (May 14/15) | Last meeting: MD19 (FCB 4-0 GCF)
CDR F: Sevilla (May 22)

A t l é t i c o  M a d r i d  (79 pts)
- Injuries: Tiago (already training), Godín (in danger of not making UCL 2nd leg)
- Yellow card alert: Griezmann, Godín, Tiago
- Last 5 matches: L W W W W
MD35: 🏠  Málaga (Apr 23) | Last meeting: MD16 (MCF 1-0 ATM)
SF1: 🏠  Bayern (Apr 27)
MD36: 🏠  Rayo (Apr 30) | Last meeting: MD17 (RVM 0-2 ATM)
SF2: 🛩  Bayern (May 3)
MD37: 🛩  Levante (May 7/8) | Last meeting: MD18 (ATM 1-0 LUD)
MD38: 🏠  Celta (May 14/15) | Last meeting: MD19 (CEL 0-2 ATM)

R e a l  M a d r i d  (78 pts)
- Injuries: CarvajalRonaldo (both expected back for UCL 1st leg)
- Yellow card alert: Nacho, Vázquez
- Last 5 matches: L W W W W
MD35: 🛩  Rayo (Apr 23) | Last meeting: MD16 (RMA 10-2 RVM)
  ⌞ Casemiro suspended (accumulation)
SF1: 🛩  Man City (Apr 26)
MD36: 🛩  La Real (Apr 30) | Last meeting: MD17 (RMA 3-1 RSO)
SF2: 🏠  Man City (May 4)
MD37: 🏠  Valencia (May 7/8) | Last meeting: MD18 (VCF 2-2 RMA)
MD38: 🛩  Deportivo (May 14/15) | Last meeting: MD19 (RMA 5-0 RCD)

In the event of a tie, permutations are indicated below:
3-way tie: Barça
2-way tie (Barça - Atleti): Barça
2-way tie (Barça - RM): Barça
2-way tie (Atleti - RM): Atleti