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Buoyed Real Madrid stars all smiles in training after Champions League win

  • Real Madrid had one of the best nights of their season against Bayern Munich
  • They beat the Germans 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in Champions League semi-final
  • The players’ mood carried into training on Friday as they prepare for Leganes
  • They will hope to complete the job when Bayern come to Madrid on Tuesday

As Zinedine Zidane would attest, it hasn’t been the perfect season for Real Madrid by any stretch.

A league campaign which never really took flight was compounded by getting dumped out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage by Leganes.

But Wednesday night would have brought Zidane and Co some huge pleasure. A 2-1 away win over Bayern Munich put them within touching distance of the Kiev showpiece.

Real Madrid trained at their Valdebebas complex ahead of their game against Leganes

The squad were all smiles on Friday and Luka Modric was the subject of some of the hijinks 

The squad were all smiles on Friday and Luka Modric was the subject of some of the hijinks 

Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo didn't score against Bayern this week, but still managed a smile

Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t score against Bayern this week, but still managed a smile

And that jubilant mood was carried into Friday’s training session. Los Blancos face Leganes, the team who knocked them out of the domestic cup, on Saturday evening before welcoming the Bavarian giants for the return leg next Tuesday. 

Real’s stars were all smiles on the training ground as they prepared for Saturday’s league clash, with one eye undoubtedly on the second leg of the semi-final, especially considering that they are 15 points behind champions-elect Barcelona.

Luka Modric was the subject of much of the happy mood in the camp as he was snapped getting picked up and carried along by Cristiano Ronalo and Marcelo, who scored in Wednesday’s win.

The sun beat down in Madrid on Friday and the squad geared up for Saturday's league clash

The sun beat down in Madrid on Friday and the squad geared up for Saturday’s league clash

Out-of-favour Gareth Bale toiled away in training, hoping to regain his place in starting lineup

Out-of-favour Gareth Bale toiled away in training, hoping to regain his place in starting lineup

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane also seemed in particularly good spirits on Friday

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane also seemed in particularly good spirits on Friday

The Portuguese was, remarkably, not on the scoresheet against Jupp Heynckes’ side earlier this week, but that didn’t keep the smile off his face for too long.

As he leapt for a header, he couldn’t keep a wry grin away from his face at the sun-soaked Valdebebas training ground.

Even Zidane cracked a smile during Friday’s session – he will hope it is still there both tomorrow evening and Tuesday night.

 

 

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