Uefa Super Cup 2018, Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

Ronaldo, then also of Real Madrid, performed his bicycle kick as the Spanish giants beat Juventus - the club he has since joined - 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie in Turin.

The UEFA Super Cup final took place on Wednesday night with Champions League winners Real Madrid taking on Europa League champions Atletico Madrid at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.

Thibaut Courtois will have to wait a little longer than anticipated for his Real Madrid debut.

Last season's Champions League winners will be playing their first competitive match without Cristiano Ronaldo with Gareth Bale expected to lead the line.

"We are delighted with his attitude and his desire, he's an ultra professional who is training with the desire of a youth teamer".

So why is their new signing not playing?

We've missed the UEFA Champions League for more than 90 days now, but tonight we have the Super Cup to enjoy to usher in the new season.

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. "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".

However, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said his players have plenty of work to do if they are to compete for trophies against La Liga giants Real and Barcelona.

"The arrival of good players guarantees good individuals but not a better team until we are all working in the same direction". We will keep this hunger and ambition and motivation.

"In this match, we will do everything".


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