Zidane to host team BBQ | May 20, 2016
previously (2011)

After an 11am scrimmage with the some of the academy (not Castilla or Juvenil A because they have games this weekend), Zinedine Zidane will host a barbecue for the team and their families this Saturday. Former manager José Mourinho threw a BBQ back in 2011, but only players and staff were invited . Carlo Ancelotti also organized a dinner in Valdebebas the Monday before the Lisbon final, but no cameras or family were allowed there either; Zidane was present.

Knowing they’d have Sunday and Monday off, the players were initially not pleased they’d have to come in to train on Saturday, that is until they learned of Zizou’s plans. He wanted to use this time to promote team unity – families, coaching staff, and medical staff included, ahead of the Champions League final. He decided to hold the get-together in Valdebebas instead of an outside venue because of privacy and security concerns. 

Zidane and his staff have treated Friday’s training like they do on the eve before a normal game. The team normally take it easy the day before a match. Today’s training session was in the same vein, so there wasn’t an intense session ahead of Saturday’s scrimmage. – Marca


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