Karim Benzema was the only absentee in Real Madrid's open training session for the fans on Saturday.For the Real Madrid squad, 2018 began on Saturday, December 30, when they returned to training at Valdebebas ready to bounce back after Clasico humiliation in the last game of the calendar year.
According to MARCA, there were several hundred children in the stands of the youth team stadium where they looked to get photos or possibly an autograph for the memory.
There were screams as the players went out onto the pitch and chants for Ronaldo, Ramos, Isco and Zidane amongst others. Benzema was the only first team player missing due to a back problem and there were no big surprises in the training session which had the usual warming-up session, rondos and short games in reduced spaces.
As is usual each year, goals, tackles and gestures were all met with cheers from the crowd. Then the players left, signing photos, shirts and posters along the way.
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