Real Madrid prepare for new season
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 9:56a.m.
Real Madrid resumed their regular training schedule as players returned from international friendlies.
Many of Real Madrid's starting line up travelled with their respective international squads, with the exception of defender Pepe of Portugal, who is injured.
The players looked relaxed as they took to the pitch, laughing with each other during their warm up routines
This season promises another tight battle between Real Madrid and their five-star rivals Barcelona for La Liga supremacy.
Both teams are putting the finishing touches to their finely-tuned squads.
Real Madrid are close to securing playmaker Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur and may soon see Brazilian midfielder Kaka leave if he continues to play second-string to German international Mezut Ozil.
Barcelona have welcomed seasoned assistant manager Tito Vilanova to replace Pep Guardiola, as well as a new fullback Jordie Alba. The former champions will look to sign one more defender to provide relief for veterans Xavi and Carlos Puyol.
Vilanova is also sure that David Villa will return to full form after being sidelined with a broken leg for most of last season.
He told the team's official website on that Villa is a rock on Barcelona's squad and is just as important in maintaining club morale.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who has won championships in the major leagues of Portugal, Italy, England, and Spain, heads into the season with confidence.
After defeating Milan 5-1 at Yankee Stadium, the coach said he is happy to be in Spain, heralding the country as home to the world's best league. He also said of his team that they are young and strong and ready for the upcoming season.
Real Madrid kick off their season at home against Valencia on Sunday.
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