López Caro has had to fix the
teamsheet for the last game of the season. Cassano and Helguera, both
with minor pains, are not in the list, making space for three youth
players: Soldado, Jurado and Balboa. Moreover, it is the last match for
Zinedine Zidane with Real Madrid. Lastly, the coach will be back at
training next Thursday with all the players who have not been called up
by their respective national teams.
Juan Ramón López Caro has a number of last-minute complications to draw
up the teamsheet that will travel down to Sevilla in the AVE, which is
Spain's fast train, at 6 pm CET today. The many absentees have forced
the trainer to vary the squad selection with respect to the Villarreal
match. Cassano will not be traveling, Iván Helguera has been out of the
list for many weeks now, and Robinho and Pablo García are suspended;
this, of course, added to the injuries: Ronaldo, Gravesen, Woodgate and
Miñambres. Fortunately, Sergio Ramos' suspension was lifted after his
ejection versus the side from Catellón two Sundays ago and he will be
able to go back to his native town.
Zinedine Zidane has made the teamsheet and will feature in his last
match with Real Madrid before taking his holiday, making his way to the
France World Cup preparation grounds, and finally stepping down.
The team list includes Real Madrid Castilla players Javier Balboa,
Roberto Soldado and José Manuel Jurado, whose presence during the first
team training sessions has been customary of late and who have also
featured in some of the games of this last stretch of the championship –Racing
The season is over for many players in the domestic and international
arenas, but not for those footballers who will be in the World Cup. The
uncapped players will continue training with Real Madrid starting this
Thursday at 11 am CET. Therefore, Mejía, Guti, Cassano, Diogo, Diego
López, Raúl Bravo, Pavón and Helguera will train at Valdebebas a few
Goalkeepers: Casillas and Diego López.
Defenders: Salgado, Cicinho, Mejía, Ramos, Pavón, Raúl Bravo and Roberto
Midfielders: Diogo, Baptista, Guti, Beckham, Balboa, Jurado and Zidane.
Forwards: Raúl and Soldado.
Not traveling: Ronaldo, Gravesen, Miñambres, Woodgate, Helguera, Cassano,
Robinho and Pablo García.
Meeting point: Monday 15 May @ 5:15 pm CET at the Santiago Bernabéu
Next training session: Thursday 18 May @ 11 am CET. Real Madrid City.