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Some positives from the derby defeat to Atletico

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It’s no more news that Julen Lopetegui started his reign as Real Madrid manager officially with a defeat.

Atletico Madrid continued their winning streak in the UEFA Super Cup in a 4:2 win over Real Madrid.

A defeat is always bitter to swallow, and this obviously was for the Galacticos.

However, it was the best time for them to get found out so that the manager can work to correct some obvious flaws in the team before they go into their first game in the La Liga.

Real Madrid have failed to strengthen considerably this summer by their standards, and it didn’t come as a major surprise when they succumbed in extra time to an Atletico Madrid side that have strengthened their squad with quality depth to call on.

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Regardless of the defeat, some bright lights shone for Madrid in the course of the game, and this should provide consolation for Los Blancos.

1. Karim Benzema found the back of the net. The Frenchman’s newly found connection with Gareth Bale came in handy when he leaped highest to connect with the Welshman’s well-lofted cross and plant a header into the net for Real Madrid’s equalizer and their first goal of the game.

2. Sergio Ramos appeared more motivated than ever. There were concerns about the players being motivated to still achieve more after three consecutive UCL wins and major successes in the last three years.

However, Ramos’ performance and commitment on the day appears to have put that to bed, especially after he volunteered to take the penalty and score Real Madrid’s second goal. This will easily translate to other Madrid players.

3. Real Madrid struck gold by prising Thibaut Courtois away from Chelsea this summer, as the proceedings in the course of the game showed that the towering Belgian will be a need in the goalkeeping department for Los Blancos.

Keylor Navas has been instrumental in major successes at the club, but Courtois has the ability to offer more quality between the sticks.

Hopefully, Lopetegui and his men get the game out of the way and focus on their La Liga opener against Getafe at the Bernabeu.