Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui Transfers not a priority right now

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Lopetegui endured a tumultuous summer after being sacked as Spain coach on the eve of the World Cup and faces an unenviable task in following Zidane, who lifted a remarkable nine trophies in less than three years in charge of Real, including three consecutive Champions League titles.

Having not signed a replacement for Ronaldo, coach Lopetegui opted to select Gareth Bale in a three-pronged attack with Benzema and Marco Asensio.

We want to be a stronger, more solid team but Cristiano is in the past.

"We have a player who is a super professional player in all aspects, who is training with the motivation of a youth player and who is helping us enormously".

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.

Lucas Vazquez provides support on the flanks and Borja Mayoral is a centre-forward option but without Ronaldo, Madrid's front line looks short of a pure goalscorer.

Spain's pre-eminence on the European stage was cemented by Real Madrid winning the Champions League in May while Atletico won the Europa League, just as Barcelona won another domestic double.

"It was time for us to win the Uefa Super Cup again, it was very important to start the season like this".

Whether he plays or not remains to be seen.

The Spaniard headed past Sergio Ramos, knocked one past Raphael Varane and then fired past Keylor Navas to give his side the lead with an emphatic finish.

The Spanish season kicks off this weekend with La Liga entering a new era following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, and with Atletico Madrid posing a huge threat to the big two.

"Right now we're focusing on getting the best out of the squad we have which is a squad we love, we have a lot of talent and we're going to work with it".



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