Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Keylor Navas starts for Real Madrid, no Modric

Keylor Navas starts for Real Madrid, no Modric

Real were playing competitively for the first time without Cristiano Ronaldo following the 33-year-old's £99m move to Juventus.

"He is so motivated with a lot of hope and he's been working well since the beginning of the season", Lopetegui told reporters on the eve of Real's UEFA Super Cup showdown with Europa League holders and city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn.

"Losing Ronaldo was hard, but no player is above Real Madrid and we still have the hunger to improve and win more titles".

Although an early move for Antoine Griezmann broke down when the striker made a decision to stay with Atletico Madrid, they quickly sealed deals for Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet, Gremio playmaker Arthur and Bordeaux winger Malcom.

Thomas Partey was part of the Atletico team that won the Europa League last season, and has been very present in the club's preseason. According to Sky Sports, Ronaldo's departure will mean a heightened role for Wales and former Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale. The match starts at 20:00 on 15 August 2018.

To find out how to watch a live stream of Wednesday's Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid UEFA Super Cup, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The matches will be available on the UEFA Champions League Facebook Page.

Alvaro Odriozola is also included despite Madrid confirming on Monday the Spain right-back has a minor groin strain.

But it is not being held in Madrid, no senor, it is being held in Estonia.

Real have won the trophy three times over the past four years (2014, 2016 and 2017) and could become the first side to lift it thrice in a row.

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