The Madrid press’ focus today is again on the mouth-watering final of the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Spain.
In terms of Real Madrid interest in the competition, the club has a number of players who could take part in the final and help their national team to yet more trophy success.
And one of them, Sergio Ramos, has been nominated for the ‘best player of the tournament’ award. The list includes another Spanish player, Andres Iniesta, two Brazilians, Paulinho and Neymar, Italy’s veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo, and Real Madrid target Luis Suarez.
In terms of Real Madrid news, AS carries an interview with former AC Milan and Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko, who claims the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu is a masterstroke.
The former Ukraine international, who played under the Italian at both clubs, said he has a calming influence on his players. He also said he is an open individual and allows players to talk to him whenever they want – something of a turnaround compared to the previous Jose Mourinho regime.
On the subject of Jose Mourinho, both AS and Marca have coverage of the court case surrounding the new Chelsea manager’s infamous eye-gouging incident from 2011 when the Portuguese poked Tito Vilanova in the eye after a particularly bad tempered Clasico match.
Although he was handed a two-match ban by the Spanish football federation, a Barcelona-based law firm launched a criminal lawsuit claiming Mourinho’s actions constituted a public order offence. Now, the Constitutional Court will decide the 50-year-old’s fate – and he could end up having to pay a fine of up to one million euros.
In good news for Real Madrid, the juvenil squad went one step further than their senior squad counterparts and beat Athletic 4-0 in the Copa Del Rey final.