Lopetegui to face pressure head on as Real Madrid begin…

Lopetegui to face pressure head on as Real Madrid begin…

Lopetegui to face pressure head on as Real Madrid begin…

Mariano did the No. 7 jersey justice by netting a deep score in Real Madrid's 3-0 Champions League win against AS Roma on Wednesday in Madrid.

General view of Real Madrid's home stadium, Santiago Bernabeu.

"We all know the Bernabeu is a bit different to any other ground, it can both intimidate and inspire, but we have them in our first match so perhaps we can go there and produce a great performance".

Modric, himself, said he's enjoying the praise but added he was not obsessed with winning football's premier individual accolade. With a budget of a little more than 100m euros I risked buying Zidane and we went from 100 to 300, and we could pay the debt.

Modric has been backed to claim the 2018 Ballon d'Or, having already received UEFA's Player of the Year award after helping Madrid to a third successive Champions League title before reaching the World Cup final with Croatia.

The Whites had a few headaches to worry about on the night, a lot of them being from a defensive point of view. "I have a lot of respect for all the players who wore the No. 7 jersey in the past".

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"We are not going to win 5-0 every game", Varane said.

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Atletico's victory was more comfortable and they had Thomas Lemar to thank after the Frenchman scored his first goal for the club and instigated another against Getafe. "But in my opinion I would give it to Cristiano Ronaldo because he has been the best throughout last season", said the Brazilian.

They were swatted aside by 10-man Juventus in midweek and played out a bore draw with local rivals Villarreal this weekend in what Spanish publication Marca described as "one of the worst derbies in living memory". "I can't tell you much more than that".

And 25-year-old striker Mariano - in his first game since returning to the club from Lyon for £29.7m - struck late on to give Real a scoreline that reflected their dominance. "The season is very long and we'll need everyone".

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