Real Madrid can not use the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo as an excuse for underachieving this season, midfielder Casemiro said after losing the UEFA Super Cup 4-2 to Atlético Madrid in Real's first competitive game since their superstar joined Juventus.
Ronaldo's presence had been vital in Madrid's previous two Champions League successes, he scored the winning penalty in the 2015-16 shootout and netted twice a year later in the 4-1 hammering of the club he now represents.
The leadership of the "Creamy" did not overspend in the search for a replacement who has served at Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo and bet on the young and Gareth Bale, who was in the shadow of the legendary Portuguese.
"We have a player who is a super professional player in all aspects, who is training with the motivation of a youth player and who is helping us enormously".
Real's new manager Julen Lopetegui endured a nightmare start as the European champions fell behind inside a minute to a superb individual goal from Costa. "I don't think there's a magic formula", he said. Odriozola, who will back up Carvajal, played in 57 games with Real Sociedad. We have two magnificent goalkeepers, and others as well. "My biggest concern is to make sure we are capable of competing".
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"You can't compare them, it's like comparing a tomato to a biscuit, they are different, excellent, made differently".
Atletico Madrid are the first Europa League winners to go on to win the Uefa Super Cup since they did so against Chelsea in 2012. "We need to manage it week by week", the Los Blancos boss said.
Real never conceded four goals in a match under Lopetegui's predecessor Zinedine Zidane and were aiming to win the trophy for the third successive season.
Change is in the air as the new La Liga season begins without one of its most emblematic players, Cristiano Ronaldo, and with video technology being introduced for the first time in Spain's top flight. "But knowing that responsibility forces us to get up and try to improve and start the league as we want to start".
"It was our first game back and we worked really hard and put in a huge effort and we have to continue like this because we are a great group".