Ronaldo exit no excuse for Madrid - Casemiro

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Real Madrid and their supporters will be finding it hard to forget Zinedine Zidane, even more so after the loss against Atletico.

Quicker even than the two games Heynckes and Queiroz needed to win the Spanish Super Cup.

Real Madrid can not use the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo as an excuse for underachieving this season, midfielder Casemiro said after losing the UEFA Super Cup 4-2 to Atletico Madrid in Real's first competitive game since their talisman joined Juventus.

Goalkeeper Navas should have done better and he probably would not have started the match had new £31.5million signing Thibaut Courtois, who was watching from the stands, been registered to play.

"We want to strengthen ourselves in this competition".

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Real, playing their first competitive game since all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo left and Julen Lopetegui succeeded Zinedine Zidane as coach, pulled level through Karim Benzema in the 27th minute.

Atletico then won the Cup for the third time in nine seasons, after Saul and Koke scored in the 98th and 104th minute respectively. Initially, the 29-year-old looked visibly fitter and... So how are Real Madrid shaping less than three days to go until the start of the new La Liga season?

Atletico were on the back foot for the start of the extra period but they were still able to press their opponents high up the pitch.

Julen Lopetegui has replaced Zidane, having been fired from Spain's national team two days before their World Cup opener for having negotiated his contract with Madrid behind the back of the Spanish soccer federation. "We have full confidence in our coach", he said after the game. Instead, the club focused on the future by signing right-back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad and a pair of Brazilian teenagers in Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

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