Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui Feels Var Will Reduce Mistakes

Elena Summers
September 25, 2018

Real Madrid got their Champions League title defence off to a strong start on Wednesday by convincingly beating AS Roma 3-0 at home with goals from Isco, Gareth Bale and a stoppage-time strike from returning striker Mariano Diaz.

Luka Modric's scuffed shot landed kindly at the feet of Asensio and he did brilliantly to harpoon the ball into the far corner.

Real Madrid will aim to stay undefeated in La Liga play on Saturday, hosting Espanyol.

The reigning Champions League champions got their next score in the 58th minute. With a budget of a little more than 100m euros I risked buying Zidane and we went from 100 to 300, and we could pay the debt. The Welshman has scored or assisted in each of his last ten matches and will look to take his tally higher against Espanyol. "The lesson is that we knew how to suffer because we didn't know how to close the game".

Carvajal's absence meant a debut for Alvaro Odriozola, who joined from Real Sociedad in the summer, while Thibaut Courtois replaced Keylor Navas to continue Lopetegui's rotation strategy in goal.

The 33-year-old Portugal global end his nine-year spell with Los Blancos after notching 450 goals in just 438 games and winning Champions League for three straight years.

"The most positive thing is that the team has taken the three points, has known how to suffer, you also have to do it to win a league".

"They haven't told me anything to change the number and that's why I haven't been able to decide either", he said.

"They are one of the few teams who could develop without him and they have shown their abundance of quality to compensate for his exit".

"They lost a great champion, but they have many other champions in the squad who can compensate his departure".

"It's a number I always liked", he said.

They were swatted aside by 10-man Juventus in midweek and played out a bore draw with local rivals Villarreal this weekend in what Spanish publication Marca described as "one of the worst derbies in living memory".

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