Julen Lopetegui reveals why this Real Madrid star can replace Ronaldo

Julen Lopetegui reveals why this Real Madrid star can replace Ronaldo

Julen Lopetegui reveals why this Real Madrid star can replace Ronaldo

Real won its third consecutive Champions League title last season but is now without Cristiano Ronaldo following his transfer to Juventus.

Ronaldo, then also of Real Madrid, performed his bicycle kick as the Spanish giants beat Juventus - the club he has since joined - 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie in Turin.

"Here we have always felt like a family, so I don't know what he was talking about", Ramos was quoted by Sportmole as saying at a pre-UEFA Super Cup press conference in Tallinn.

In conclusion Spalletti underlined how happy he was at Inter: "We've always had a relationship based on respect and mutual trust". But for us in the dressing room being part of a family has been key to our success.

"It's obviously a negative when you lose a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, but we can continue to win and in Real Madrid's history, many have come and gone, but Real continue to win. Today we have strengthened the club's shared ambitions". "He has decided on a change, I hope it all goes well for him, and us too".

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"These type of decisions are not for us [players], I can only say the doors are open for whoever arrives", he said. Atleti, meanwhile, enters the game as the reigning Europa League winners, having beaten Marseille in the final last season. "While this team retains its spirit and hunger, mentality is more important than individual talent".

Spanish teams have won eight of the last nine editions of the Super Cup (Barcelona and Real Madrid winning three each; Atlético winning two).

In the pre-season tour, Real Madrid has shown signs of brilliance without their Portuguese talisman and it looks like Gareth Bale will have a big role to play in the upcoming season.

Thibaut Courtois will have to wait a little longer than anticipated for his Real Madrid debut.

The RFEF statement on the banquet mentioned that Rubiales had an "animated conversation" with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, while pointing out he had also recently met Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino.

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