Ronaldo-less Real go down to Atletico

Ronaldo-less Real go down to Atletico

Ronaldo-less Real go down to Atletico

'We like the players we have and I have no doubts about the squad I have.

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has vowed to help Gareth Bale have a standout season following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

It didn't take long after the match for Antoine Griezmann to start rubbing it in, as the World Cup-winning France global shared an image (originally published by Bleacher Report) on his Instagram story showing Real captain Sergio Ramos anointing him the new king of Madrid/Europe. "We want to be a stronger, more solid team, but Cristiano is in the past".

The composition of Atletico Madrid for the first time in history more than part of the real world.

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. "I have confidence in this club, in the coach and I saw tonight that I was not mistaken", said Griezmann, who turned down a move to Barcelona in the summer and signed a contract extension till 2023.

Real's new manager Julen Lopetegui endured a nightmare start as the European champions fell behind inside a minute to a superb individual goal from Costa.

Lopetegui said: "It'll be a tough game both physically and tactically".

The English transfer window slammed shut before the Premier League season started but Real have until the end of the month to bring in new players which has seen the rumours continue to fly. Lopetegui sent on Modric for Marco Asensio just before the hour mark and Real took the lead shortly after, Ramos scoring a 63rd-minute penalty awarded for a Juanfran handball.

Diego Costa gave Europa League holders Atletico a dream start against Champions League winners Real by firing them ahead after 49 seconds, knocking down a long pass and smashing the ball into the net from a tight angle.

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