Gareth Bale is 'ultra professional', says Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui

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"I was 18 when I arrived and Sergio Ramos was 19".

Courtois trained with his new team-mates at the Lillekuela Stadium on Tuesday night ahead of the game with his former club.

Following up Zinedine Zidane's treble Champions League success with Real Madrid was always going to be a hard job for Julen Lopetegui, but having to do it without Cristiano Ronaldo is a monumental challenge.

Navas took part in a small-sided match which was overseen by Lopetegui, but Courtois trained separately with goalkeeping coach Juan Canales alongside Luca Zidane and Andriy Lunin.

"It's an exciting challenge reinventing the team without Ronaldo, making it competitive and capable of winning titles", said Lopetegui.


Three-time defending Champions League winners Real are aiming to become the first side to win three-successive Super Cups and also equal the competition record of five titles now held jointly by Milan and Barcelona. We want to continue making history at this club, without looking back.

The first of the three goals scored by Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in Denmark's 5-1 win over the Republic of Ireland a World Cup qualifying play-off in Dublin is also included. "We are convinced he has the experience and mentality to have a great season".

Asked whether Perez needed to sign a new forward to replace the 50 goals a season that Ronaldo all-but guaranteed, Ramos responded by saying the team keeping its "spirit and hunger" was the most important.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA Director of Marketing said: "We are delighted to welcome Facebook to the UEFA family of media partners".

New Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not be eligible to play in the UEFA Super Cup.

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