Ten Real Madrid players were surprised with an unscheduled anti-doping test at training this morning, as representatives from UEFA visited the home of the European Champions – reports confirm.
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Those ten players were sent for both blood and urine testing. Spanish TV was somewhat amused by the revelation, claiming that the news should at least appease Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who complained about being the only player to undergo both tests in December.
Even more surprisingly, Madrid’s 16-year-old Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard was among the players sent for testing, despite being yet to feature for the club’s first-team.
It’s been a difficult start to the year for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have slipped four points adrift of Barcelona in the La Liga table, with Valencia and Atletico Madrid breathing down their necks in third and fourth place respectively.
They crept past Schalke last month and sealed progression to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but the pressure is thought to be growing on the club, with the likes of Gareth Bale among those criticised for his performances.