Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Diego Costa inspires Atletico Madrid to Super Cup win against Real Madrid

Diego Costa inspires Atletico Madrid to Super Cup win against Real Madrid

"He is the present of Real Madrid, he is on our team", Marcelo told reporters at a pre-UEFA Super Cup press conference.

Eastern European Summer Time at 15,000-seat A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia, on Wednesday, August 15.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Tuesday issued a warning to La Liga rivals that the absence of recently departed Cristiano Ronaldo may have hit the Los Blancos hard but that will not stop the rampant juggernaut of the Champions League winners.

"It's an exciting challenge reinventing the team without Ronaldo, making it competitive and capable of winning titles", said Lopetegui. "We must do everything we can to compete with them - physically, tactically, mentally - in order to win the game".

The 29-year-old managed to beat both Ramos and Raphael Varane in a foot race for the ball and from the most acute of angles, Costa rifled home a shot to open the scoring.

Lopetegui, sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup after Madrid announced he would take over from Zidane, was reportedly not one of the club's top choices for the role. But for us in the dressing room being part of a family has been key to our success. "There is no other way".

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"We are delighted that [Bale] is with us", Lopetegui said.

"Bale has experience, ability and the right mentality to deliver a great performance".

"The important thing is the emotion, the hope".

Last year's No. 1 Keylor Navas is expected to keep his place in goal for the showpiece fixture ahead of new signing Thibaut Courtois, although Lopetegui would not confirm his XI just 24 hours before kickoff.

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