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       Julen Lopetegui has backed Gareth Bale to play a key role for Real Madrid

Wales global Bale threw his future at the club into doubt just moments after his stunning two-goal, match-winning display in last May's Champions League final in Kiev.

Julen Lopetegui took over Real Madrid in the most unusual circumstances - and few would envy him because of it. "We have worked and the team shows that it is good".

The 13-time European champions face their city rivals, Atletico Madrid, in Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup clash and, speaking to reporters (via Football Espana) ahead of the game, Lopetegui was full of praise for Bale's motivation and mentality.

The Real Madrid side lost the match by a score of four goals to two, and that should be cause for concern for Zidane's replacement, Julen Lopetegui.

Nevertheless, while Real and Barcelona have won the last five Champions Leagues between them, neither looks quite as strong as they have been in the recent past.

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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 global stars returned in dribs and drabs through the summer after extended holidays because of Russian Federation 2018. "It's a final and with these two teams, it'll bring the best out in each other".

Captain Sergio Ramos said: "When you lose such a big player it's obviously a negative, but Real Madrid's job is to win and we'll carry that on without him".

Whether he plays or not remains to be seen.

The arrival of Thibaut Courtois means there will be a fight for the No. 1 spot at the Bernabeu with Keylor Navas this season.

But, supposedly, that isn't what the new boss wants - and for someone under so much pressure from the start, this doesn't bode well for Real Madrid's season. The Profe has told us there's a lot left.

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