Much of the attention in the Madrid press this morning is on the World Cup build up with many of the teams competing in Brazil playing warm up fixtures tonight.
Portugal take on Greece, but are unlikely to field Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the training camp with a thigh issue that has troubled him since the Champions League final. The 29-year-old has had a number of niggling injuries in the latter stages of the campaign, and Portugal will not risk him until he is fit. After the game against Greece, they take on Mexico and Ireland in two more friendlies before the tournament starts.
Germany were also given an injury scare when Sami Khedira went down injured holding his right knee in a training match against the German Under-20 team. The central midfielder, who missed six months of the campaign having injured his anterior cruciate ligament in November, was involved in a collision with Malcolm Cacutalua. Thankfully, Khedira was ok, and he insisted he will be 100 per cent ready for the opening game in their group on June 16.
Elsewhere, Marcelo has said he endured a difficult year at Real Madrid and didn’t play as much as he’d liked to for one reason or another.
Speaking at a press conference with the Brazil national side, the left back said he relied on the support of his family and friends, and added that despite a tough year, scoring in the Champions League final was a dream come true.