Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Thomas Partey eyes 'greater' season with Atletico Madrid

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 Atlético Madrid in Real's first competitive game since their superstar joined Juventus.

It was the first meaningful match for Los Blancos without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane and the struggle looked real after the triple Champions League holders conceded twice in extra time to come out on the losing end against Atleti.

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Real, who beat Atletico in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals and knocked them out of the competition in 2015 and 2017, levelled when Karim Benzema leapt at the far post to nod in a cross from Gareth Bale in the 27th minute. "We have total confidence in our coach and giving excuses is not what Real Madrid do".

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"It's true they have won a lot but we have to focus on the season without thinking about what has happened in the last few years", added Lopetegui.

Casemiro said that Real Madrid must not allow the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus to lead to Real's underperformance.

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Recently, Chelsea sold Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, and it is not yet sure if the Blues would want to lose another player this month.

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