Real were almost level shortly after as Marco Asensio's flick from Marcelo's cross was turned away by Jan Oblak, but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do to deny Benzema's far-post header from Bale's fine cross from the right flank. "I have confidence in this club, in the coach and I saw tonight that I was not mistaken", said Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann who was linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer.
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Luka Modric's agent has opened the door to a potential move to Inter, insisting the Real Madrid midfielder is enthused by the idea of playing for the Serie A side.
"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 Madrid continue to win".
On the positive side for Madrid is last May's UCL final substitute then matchwinner Gareth Bale changing his mind about also leaving the club, with the Wales worldwide having scored three times in four preseason outings. An entertaining contest first burst into life in the first minute, Diego Costa firing home from a tight angle. Costa answered with another goal in the 79th minute to level the match. But in league play past year, with Barcelona winning the La Liga title, Atletico actually placed higher than their Madrid rivals, edging out Real for second place on the La Liga table by three points.