Real Madrid news: Bernabéu boos, James Rodríguez, Rodrygo
Today's Real Madrid round-up features a Brazilian footballing great, Lucas Vázquez's reaction to being jeered by the fans... and more.
Vázquez not dwelling on Bernabéu boos
Real Madrid winger Lucas Vázquez has reflected on the flak he has received from the club's supporters in recent times, telling reporters: "Almost every Madrid player has been whistled by the fans - what you have to do is work hard to turn the jeers into cheers." Vázquez, 28, was booed off by sections of the Bernabéu crowd when he was substituted in last Tuesday's Champions League draw with Club Brugge.
Speaking at a promotional event on Monday, Vázquez also discussed Madrid's positive reaction to their 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain three weeks ago. "It was a tough moment, but the team bounced back really well," he said of Los Blancos, who have since won three and drawn one in LaLiga to lead the way in Primera División. "Now we're top of the league and we have to be proud of that."
James hard at work on day off
Despite having the day off on Monday, James Rodríguez was hard at it at the training ground, preparing for the post-international break clashes against Real Mallorca, Galatasaray and Barcelona. James, who was left out of Zinedine Zidane's squad for the game against Brugge, came off the bench to round off the scoring in Saturday's 4-2 league victory over Granada. The Colombia midfielder won't be joining up with Los Cafeteros for their October friendlies against Chile and Algeria.
The Madrid squad - minus the players who are on international duty - were due to return to training on Tuesday at 17:00 CEST.
Castilla host Pontevedra on Saturday
Real Madrid's 'B' team, Castilla, will take on Pontevedra at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano on Saturday at 18:30 CEST. Raúl González Blanco's men, who sit seventh in Segunda División B Group I, won't have Rodrygo Goes available to them as the 18-year-old forward has joined up with the Brazil Olympic team for their friendly clashes against Venezuela (11 October) and Japan (14 October).
On this day...
Brazilian World Cup great Didí, who was briefly a part of the legendary Real Madrid of Alfredo di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás, was born on this day in 1928. Named the best player at the 1958 World Cup as Brazil won the tournament for the first time, he was also in the 'Canarinha' side that retained its title in 1962.
Didí joined Real Madrid from Botafogo in 1959 - but, after clashing frequently with star player Di Stéfano and playing just 19 games for the club, he returned to Brazil the following year. He didn't make a single appearance in Madrid's European Cup campaign, which culminated in a fifth straight trophy triumph after a memorable 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow.
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