Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Co gear up for new campaign as Real Madrid bid to rectify pre-season goalscoring problems
Nicholas Godden for MailOnline
06:47 GMT, 12 August 2015
Real Madrid players continued their preparations ahead of the new La Liga campaign with training on TuesdayCristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Martin Odegaard were all involved in the session Los Blancos face Galatasaray in their final pre-season fixture in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy next TuesdayReal kick off La Liga campaign against Sporting Gijon on Sunday August 23By
Cristiano Ronaldo joined the rest of the Real Madrid squad at the club’s Valdebebas training ground on Tuesday as the Spanish giants continue their preparations ahead of the new La Liga campaign.
Rafa Benitez’s side take on Galatasaray in the 36th edition of the Bernabeu Trophy on Tuesday 18th August, the club’s final pre-season clash before they launch a fresh assault on winning their first title since 2011-12.
And the players were put through their paces on Tuesday as they continued to build their fitness, while working on technical and tactical aspects of their game.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes the ball down on his chest during Tuesday’s training session in the Spanish capital
The Portugal international looks to beat goalkeeper Ruben Yanez to the ball during a training game at the club’s Valdebebas ground
Former Manchester United forward Ronaldo shakes hands with James Rodriguez as the pair share a joke during training on Tuesday
Ronaldo stretches to bring the ball under control as the squad prepare for the start of the new La Liga season later this month
Head coach Rafa Benitez will be alarmed by Real’s struggle in front of goal during pre-season, albeit without star forward Ronaldo, who is yet to feature during the build up to the new campaign.
Real have only managed two goals in their last four friendlies and Benitez’s tactics have already been questioned in Spanish media. ‘We had chances but we didn’t take them. Los Blanco beat AC Milan on penalties in the International Champions Cup at the end of last month before a 2-0 victory against Tottenham in the Audi Cup last week.
Real were then beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in the final of the pre-season tournament at the Allianz Arena before being held to a goalless draw by Norwegian side Valerenga in Oslo on Sunday.
Back on the training pitch Sergio Ramos, who sat out the match in Norway, and Fabio Coentrao also returned to training, while 16-year-old Martin Odegaard was also present during the first-team session.
Gareth Bale, who featured for the club in the 0-0 draw against Norwegian side Valerenga on Sunday, plays a pass during the session
Bale shows off his muscular physique as he trains in a sleeveless top in the Madrid sunshine at the club’s headquarters
Sergio Ramos shows off his tattoos as he lifts his arms in celebration as the players are put through their paces on Tuesday
It remains to be seen if the teenage star will stay at Real Madrid for the coming season or gain first team experience out on loan. Not conceding is important but we have to score more goals.
‘We’ll be in Madrid from now on, where we’ll be more focused without having to travel.’
Sergio Ramos chest the ball down as the Real Madrid captain takes part in a practice match during training on Tuesday
Ramos, who has been a target for Manchester United for much of the summer transfer window, is tackled by fellow defender Nacho
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. Odegaard claims that he is happy to stay at the club but admitted that his future remains unclear ahead of the new campaign.
Real kick off their title charge against Sporting Gijon at Estadio Municipal El Molinon on Sunday August 23 and Benitez will be hoping to have rectified the problems in front of goal by then.
Teenage midfielder Martin Odegaard was training with the first team but his Real Madrid future remains up in the air ahead of season
James Rodriguez takes the ball under control as he stretches to get his foot on it as Odegaard watches on in the background
Wales international Bale tussles for possession with Real Madrid defender Nacho as the squad train
Real Madrid defender Nacho has conceded that the lack of goals during pre-season is a problem heading into the new campaign.
‘We’ve shown we are defending well, from the goalkeeper to the forwards,’ Nacho said
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