Casemiro has admitted Real Madrid misses Cristiano Ronaldo and his absence was felt in the 4-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
Benzema and Ramos scored to cancel out Costa’s early opener, before the former Chelsea man doubled his tally to force the game into extratime.
Saul Niguez and Koke scored brilliant goals in extra time to put the result beyond doubt and shock the three-time UCL holders.
Casemiro is not ready to blame the loss on the absence of Ronaldo and is putting his stock in Julen Lopetegui.
“Sure, we cannot cover things, Cristiano showed here that he has been the best in the world,” Casemiro said. “But it is already past, we cannot keep thinking about him.
“We have to talk about the players we have. We want to make a stronger, more solid team, but Cristiano is already in the past.”
“It’s still the beginning of everything,” he added. “Julen is doing a great job, trying to maintain the illusion, which is not easy.
“We have won four Champions Leagues in the last five years. We have won almost everything, he is doing a great job maintaining the players’ illusion of winning.
“It’s still too early to talk about Julen. We cannot cover Julen’s work by tonight’s result.”
Casemiro continued: “Making excuses is not my profile or that of Madrid. There are no excuses.
“Atletico scored four goals against us and I think we have also done a lot of good things. We have to congratulate Atletico and keep working.”
“I do not speak of specific mistakes because when we win, we all win and when we lose we all lose, they are team mistakes,” the Brazilian added.