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Madrid already taking shape under Lopetegui

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Real Madrid are set for life without Cristiano Ronaldo and have started turning up with impressive performances in pre-season.

Although this is just pre-season, it’s obviously good news for new manager Julen Lopetegui.

As Los Blancos prepare for the start of the 2018/19 football season, some key points have been noted and they are as follows:

1. The Los Blancos have been scoring for fun in pre-season against quality opposition. Julen Lopetegui’s men have hit the back of the net nine times in 4 games.

These goals have come against the likes of Juventus, Manchester United, Roma, and Milan.

If anyone thought that the Galacticos would struggle for goals in the upcoming season, these performances appear to have put those doubts to bed for now.

The major positive about this is that the goals have come from Madrid’s current attack going into the season.

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Benzema has scored twice, Bale and Marco Asensio have scored thrice each, while Borja Mayoral has scored once.

2. Reports suggest that Real Madrid won’t sign any franchise player. It is also believed that they’ll put faith in the partnership between Benzema and Bale.

We wait to see how this pans out as they’ve been heavily linked with Argentine forward Mauro Icardi.

Regardless, the duo of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have formed a strong partnership on the pitch in pre-season and this is another piece of good news for Real Madrid.

3. It can be recalled that a good number of Madridistas had questioned Keylor Navas’ credentials in goal for Los Blancos.

These supposed challenges in goal will definitely be sorted out with the addition of Russia 2018 World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian has played at the highest level at 26, and has seen it all, and done it all. He is a major addition to Real Madrid and will help sort out any potential inconsistencies in the goalkeeping department.

There are other reasons to be happy for Europe’s elite club ahead of the new season.

They were not sharp in the pre-season opener against Manchester United but have hit the ground running in the games that followed.

They’ve taken the lead in their last two games within the first two minutes of those games. This is good news as the attack seems ready to take opponents to the cleaners.

Julen Lopetegui will be ecstatic.