Real Madrid Arrive In Abu Dhabi As Santiago Solari’s Star-Studded Squad Seek To Lift Gloom By Winning Club World Cup

Marcelo, Luka Modric, Ramos, Bale and Karim Benzema took a selfie before the flight

Real Madrid arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as they seek to be crowned FIFA Club World Cup champions for third successive year. 

The 25-man squad set off from Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport in the morning. 

Before the journey the squad posed with the new Emirates A380 Real Madrid, which bears the image of the team on the side. 

Wales forward Gareth Bale was part of the 25-man squad who arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday
Captain Sergio Ramos led the Real Madrid squad off the team bus after arriving on Sunday

Marcelo, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took a selfie in the same position as they appear on the plane design.

The team landed in Abu Dhabi after a seven-hour flight and then made their way to the Four Seasons hotel, where they will be based during the tournament. 

Their first game will be the semi-final against Kashima Antlers, the champions of Asia, on Wednesday

With nine wins out of 11 since Santiago Solari replaced sacked coach Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid should be full of optimism yet there was evident apathy from supporters and local media as they flew out to Abu Dhabi to defend their Club World Cup title.

Only 55,000 supporters made it to the 81,000-capactiy Santiago Bernabeu stadium for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, despite it being a local derby and the club’s final home game of the year.

The low attendance was not a one-off: according to newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Real have registered their worst average attendance this season since the 2001/02 campaign.

Those who made it to the ground saw a laboured victory and turned their ire on their own players with a cacophony of boos when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced to perform a double save to prevent a late equaliser for relegation-fighting Rayo.

Rayo were hammered 10-2 on their last visit to Real in 2015. 

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