Julen Lopetegui reveals why this Real Madrid star can replace Ronaldo

Instead, he will watch the game from the sidelines in Tallinn, Estonia before likely making his first bow for the 13-time European champions against Getafe in La Liga next week.

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.

Atletico turned it on in extra-time, with two world-class finishes from Saul Niguez (98) and Koke (104), meaning Real conceded four for the first time since Rafa Benitez was in charge of the club in 2015.

Multiple questions from reporters about Ronaldo were pushed aside, while Lopetegui was also not keen to dwell on the team's past success under predecessor Zidane.


"What happened at the World Cup happened", Kalinic said, as quoted by ESPN."The coach did not want to count on me and I accepted that".

In the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals Atletico came up just short, with Madrid's greater strength in depth and experience being key. "We look forward to the launch of this new partnership that will ensure the large community of local football fans is reached in a highly innovative and accessible manner".

On the positive side for Madrid is last May's UCL final substitute then matchwinner Gareth Bale changing his mind about also leaving the club, with the Wales worldwide having scored three times in four preseason outings.

"Losing Ronaldo was hard, but no player is above Real Madrid and we still have the hunger to improve and win more titles". "We are building a competitive team that will aspire to (win) everything", said president Josep Maria Bartomeu after the win over Sevilla.


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