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Gareth Bale is 'ultra professional', says Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui

Gareth Bale is 'ultra professional', says Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui Gareth Bale is 'ultra professional', says Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui
Noah Ferguson | 15 August, 2018, 19:08

Now, the team that was built around Ronaldo and which has won three straight Champions League titles comes up against a strong Atletico team that won the Europa League and finished ahead of Madrid in the Spanish league.

The post-Cristiano Ronaldo era will officially begin at Real Madrid when they take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday night.

Ronaldo, who scored 450 goals in 438 games for Real, moved to Juventus in July and Madrid have not yet signed a replacement.

Brazilian ace, Marcelo has responded to claims that he wants to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.

The top-flight football in Spain will return this coming weekend and Real Madrid will host Getafe at home on Monday at 01:45 am India time.

However, in that period Ronaldo only won La Liga in 2012 and 2017, often losing out to Lionel Messi's Barcelona.

Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Vinicius Junior and Alvaro Odriozola have all arrived this summer, but they won't start against Atletico Madrid.

Los Blancos need both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to step up a level to cover for Ronaldo's absence and Marco Asensio will also be given a more prominent role.

"Zidane did extraordinary work with incredible success but that is the past", Lopetegui added. "I do not want to talk about it now, we're here for a final and it's not the time". "We are building a competitive team that will aspire to (win) everything", said president Josep Maria Bartomeu after the win over Sevilla. Real Madrid has gotten the better of Atletico in cub finals over the last decade, so this is a chance for Atleti to get one back.

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