Real Madrid want Chelsea star Marcos Alonso

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not feature at all following his recent arrival from Chelsea, while nine of Real's starting line-up also started May's Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev.

"I stayed at Atletico because the project is a good one".

Julen Lopetegui's side will play their first LaLiga match of the season at home against Getafe on Sunday evening.

Griezmann started for Atletico at the compact Lillekula Stadium, fresh from helping France to World Cup glory last month.

Julen Lopetegui took over Real Madrid in the most unusual circumstances - and few would envy him because of it.

Lopetegui, who was unceremoniously sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing to take charge at the Santiago Bernabeu after the tournament, has not had long to impress his ideas upon the squad, as his worldwide stars returned in dribs and drabs through the summer after extended holidays because of Russian Federation 2018.

The FC panel answer your tweets on Real Madrid's needs, Bayern Munich's UCL expectations and whether Higuain or Ronaldo will score more this season.

"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. The important players are the ones that are here, not the ones that are not".

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.

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. We want to win this league title, it's the competition which examines your work every day.

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