Five pieces of good news for Lopetegui

Here are five pieces of good news for Real Madrid under Lopetegui.

1. Bale-Benzema Connection

They didn’t play at the World Cup and that, for Real Madrid, in a selfish way, has been good.

Both started training on July 18 and will have been working for 29 days with the new coach when the UEFA Super Cup will be played.

They have connected in the field, whereas before they were always subject to the movements of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Before I don’t know, but I’ve found both of them happy and committed,” Lopetegui said after the game.

2. At the moment there is no goal problem

Madrid closed their pre-season with nine goals in four games, a high number considering the opponents (Manchester United, Juventus, Rome and Milan).

The big problem that this team was apparently facing was how they were going to find the 50 goals or so that Ronaldo would routinely provide.

Three from Bale and Asensio, two from Benzema and one from Mayoral; all of the attacking line on the scoresheet.

It’s too early for evaluations, but it’s the best possible start.

3. Substitutes that will add value

Zinedine Zidane, in his last season, found that his rotation didn’t work as well as previously.

The substitutes didn’t respond and their level was far from the starting XI.

Ceballos, Nacho, Odriozola, Llorente, Keylor (or Courtois?) and Vinicius could all see minutes this season under Lopetegui.

4. Straight into the action

In the last two games, against Roma and Milan, Madrid were ahead on the scoreboard within two minutes.

Last season, Los Blancos had to get used to mounting a comeback and didn’t always get it.

Zidane insisted in public that he asked his players to come out concentrated from the start, but it rarely happened.

At least for the moment Julen has it under control.

5. Players with more rhythm

The physical evolution of the players is improving.

Carvajal, for example, was one of the best players in the Bernabeu Trophy, after more discreet performances in the clashes played in the United States.

The rest of Spaniards and Toni Kroos are on the same page.

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