Ronaldo-less Real go down to Atletico

Ronaldo-less Real go down to Atletico

"We have total confidence in our coach and giving excuses is not what Real Madrid do".

After 15 brilliant years at the Camp Nou, Iniesta has gone to Japan, although at least Barcelona still have Lionel Messi.

On Wednesday night in Tallinn, Estonia, Atletico Madrid finally got the better of local rivals Real Madrid in a final, defeating them 4-2 to win the UEFA Super Cup.

Valencia are gearing up for a return to the Champions League and have moved to strengthen in attack, with French striker Kevin Gameiro joining from Atletico for a reported 16 million euros. In contrast, former Spain coach Lopetegui left Luka Modric on the Real bench at kick-off, seeking to ease the Croatian playmaker back after he led his country to the World Cup final.

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.

When it came to addressing potential interest from Real, Marcelino was eager to avoid saying too much.

The Wales forward burst down the right past Lucas Hernandez and delivered a flawless cross for Benzema to head past Jan Oblak at the far post.

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New signing Vinicius Junior is not expected to immediately play a significant role for the first team, having been registered with one of the club's youth sides, but he has impressed enormously in pre-season and fans are optimistic that he will be seen regularly at the Bernabeu this season.

"They're two great goalkeepers".

Casemiro, however, said the loss to Atletico did not mean his side had to go out and make urgent signings.

Antoine Griezmann, the French World Cup victor and another Ballon d'Or contender, rejected Barcelona's overtures to stay put on improved terms.

Atletico also had France winger Thomas Lemar making his competitive debut following his 72 million-euro ($84 million) move from Monaco, and they took the lead after just 49 seconds.

"We need to improve on what we did last season".

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