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New chapter for Raúl as RM Castilla commence pre-season

Real Madrid Castilla start their pre-season activity today under the guidance of a certain Raúl Gonzalez Blanco with their 2B campaign starting on August 25.

Raúl en un partido dirigiendo al Juvenil B del Real Madrid durante la temporada 2018-2019.
Jesús Á. Orihuela Diario AS

Another chapter in Raúl's illustrious career commences today as he is set to oversee coaching responsibilities with Real Madrid Castilla as the "B" team prepare their 2019-20 season in Spain's third tier, Segunda B.

It's hoped that Raúl follows Zidane's steps in revitalising the second team as they look for a place in LaLiga 1|2|3 following five seasons languishing in Segunda B.

Kubo attraction

The star attraction of the side is undoubtedly former Tokyo FC player Takefusa Kubo with the teenager already training with the first team in Montreal. Raúl will also be able to count on new Brazilian recruit Rodrygo, with the 18-year-old hoping to emulate compatriot Vinicius by using Castilla as a fast track to first team football. Raúl will be assisted by Alberto Garrido who worked with Guti last season with the U-19 team.


Seven pre-season tests

Six of the Castilla squad are currently training with the first team in Canada (Altube, De la Fuente, Javi Hernández, Seoane, Fidalgo and Kubo) with others (Chust, Miguel Gutiérrez and Antonio Blanco) in action for Spain at the Uefa U-19 competition in Armenia.

Castilla will play seven games (away from the capital) before their season opener at the end of August and face: Gimnástica Segoviana (July 24), Mirandés (July 27), Pontevedra (August 1), Lugo (August 3), Alcorcón (August 7), Tenerife (August 10) and Burgos (August 18).

August 25 start

Castilla are in Group I of the four regional 2B groups and face teams from Galicia, Astuirias, the Balearic lslands, Madrid along with Las Palmas 'B' and Melilla.

A local derby away to Las Rozas will be Raúl's first competitive game on the Castilla bench on August 25th with the season ending on May 17 before the promotion play-off series commences.

Real Madrid Castilla: provisional squad 2019-2020

Goalkeepers Age Midfielders Age
Altube 19 Alberto 20
Belman 20 Ayoub 21
Moha 19 Blanco 18
Feuillassier 21
Defenders Fidalgo 22
Chust 19 Gelabert 18
Dani Fernández 22 Guerrero 17
De la Fuente 20 Kubo 18
Fran García 19 Martín Calderón 20
Javi Hernández 21 Miguel Gutiérrez 17
Javi Sánchez 22 Seoane 22
Manu Hernando 20
Sergio López 20 Forwards
Zabarte 20 Augusto 20
Cristo 21
Pedro 19
Rodrigo 19