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Julen Lopetegui will take charge of his first competitive game for Real Madrid

Julen Lopetegui will take charge of his first competitive game for Real Madrid

Are we witnessing the dying light of the Real Madrid supernova?

Diego Costa was delighted to meet his guarantee to Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone after winning the European Super Cup.

"I'm not in charge of transfers, but, we have a good squad", he was quoted as saying by Marca. Fine. A bit dramatic, perhaps, but the early signs are that the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era will be challenging for more than one reason.

The Real Madrid side lost the match by a score of four goals to two, and that should be cause for concern for Zidane's replacement, Julen Lopetegui.

"If we'd won 2-1, we'd be talking about things in a different way".

The club are clearly looking at signing for the future by bringing in Brazilian teenagers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, as well as 20-year-old Álvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad. "We need to manage it week by week", the Los Blancos boss said.

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He said: "Bale? I love being able to coach him, he has been at the club for many years and has been fantastic in pre-season, super motivated and he is why Madrid are such a great club".

After the match, Lopetegui told reporters: "A final is typically won by the team who capitalises on circumstances and Atletico are experts in doing that and they deserved to win".

Now they will hope to push Barcelona and Real all the way in La Liga, with their opening game at Valencia on Monday, after Lopetegui's side host Getafe on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not feature at all following his recent arrival from Chelsea, while nine of Real's starting line-up also started May's Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev.

For Atletico's talisman Antoine Griezmann, it was a case of history repeating itself, with his second major trophy won in Eastern Europe in a matter of weeks; just last month he and his France teammates lifted the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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