Julen Lopetegui lost his 1st match in charge of Real Madrid. They lost the UEFA Super Cup 2-4 to Atletico Madrid
The former Spain boss Lopetegui became the first Madrid coach to lose his first competitive match in charge since Bernd Schuster in 2007. He replaced Zinedine Zidane, one of the most successful coaches of Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have lost talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to Serie A titleholders Juventus. Luka Modric has also been linked with a move to Italy. Inter coach Luciano Spalletti confirmed their interest in the World Cup Golden Ball winner. Traditionally Real Madrid is among Europe’s biggest spenders. But they had a quiet transfer market despite being linked to stars including Eden Hazard, Mauro Icardi and Robert Lewandowski. The defeat have also raised questions over Real Madrid’s transfer business. The Spanish giants are yet to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus amid ongoing links to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
But no Ronaldo replacement appears imminent currently at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Lopetegui indicated there will be no panic buys after Atletico’s victory in Estonia’s capital.
Casemiro said “Sure, we cannot cover things, Cristiano showed here that he has been the best in the world. But it is already past, we cannot keep thinking about him. We have to talk about the players we have. We want to make a stronger, more solid team, but Cristiano is already in the past.”
Marcelo has been the subject of reported interest from Juventus. Many expect him to follow Ronald’s footsteps and join Juventus. Marcelo told reporters after the match “You have to focus on what we did well today. I feel that we put in a good shift. We had the ball, played as a team, and we fought as best we could. We need to change our mindset because we have a whole season ahead of us. I don’t make the signings. The squad looks good to me. We are united as a group. We played a good game until extra time.”
Though Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior, Alvaro Odriozola and Andriy Lunin have arrived, the club still looked nowhere near replacing Cristiano Ronaldo. They are in real need of a big signing. A big name is enough to boost the players mentalities and their hopes of winning. The fear of the opponent goalkeeper seeing Ronaldo, just roaming in the penalty area too, is gone. Ronaldo’s lone presence has a psychological effect in the mindset of the players. Real Madrid needs to sign a heavy weight galactico to bring that back.