Thomas Partey eyes 'greater' season with Atletico Madrid

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What really makes it unusual, though, is that Lopetegui has always been adamant that he is happy with the squad despite not bringing in many new players of his own and losing the star.

It's also said that with the lack of depth now at the club, there is "no doubt" that Zidane resigned over the issues that Lopetegui is now facing. "Signing players is not something in our hands, but winning is".

"Bale is a player we love, he has been here a long time and has been training hard", Lopetegui told journalists at his pre-UEFA Super Cup press conference, reported by MARCA. "I insist that we played well, but they punished us with their goals".

"He is motivated and is an important player who forms part of the team, and being a team is what is important".

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says any club would miss a player of Cristiano Ronaldo's quality - but says that is no excuse for their 4-2 AET defeat to city rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup. "In this match we will do everything we can to take the game where we want it".

"They're two great goalkeepers. I think he is so good in all aspects and his attitude is great since the first day, working a lot, and trying to help the team". "I believe in managing and analysing the situation week in, week out".

And according to Don Balon, Julen Lopetegui has told Real Madrid chiefs that he wants Spain global Marcos Alonso in his squad before August 31 transfer deadline.

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Julen Lopetegui is the new coach at the Bernabeu, the announcement of his appointment leading to his messy sacking from the Spain job before the World Cup. We will see what the best team is in each moment.

Real have not yet signed a replacement for the man who scored 451 goals and led them to four Champions League titles in the last five seasons.

Here, when we win, everyone wins and when we lose, we all lose.

"I can't talk about the past but Karim, the same as Gareth is a player that I always liked".

"We learn something from every defeat. My biggest concern is to make sure we are capable of competing".

Diego Costa and Co. exposed Real Madrid defensive problems and punished them for the mistakes they made.

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