Real Madrid’s new coach, Julen Lopetegui insists that Real Madrid are ready for the start of the La Liga, with the match against Atletico fast approaching.
In the former Spain’s coach first match for Madrid, he lost 2-1 to Manchester United. He will face Juventus on Saturday and Roma three days later.
Then Lopetegui will lead Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15.
“It’s been positive,” Lopetegui told the Madrid website. “We’re working very hard as is normal at this time of year, with real intensity and the resulting fatigue.
“We’re hitting our goals both physically and tactically, assimilating new concepts and reinforcing elements of our collective game and tactical aspects which we are addressing every day.
“The main aim of pre-season is to get ready for the competitive games and go into those in the best possible fashion on group and individual levels. Players are coming back at different stages and we’re trying to make sure they are all preparing in the same way.”
Madrid went down 2-1 against Premier League side Manchester United in their first ICC game, the maiden match Lopetegui oversaw after succeeding Zinedine Zidane.
“We were pleased the team showed good character despite the different preparation levels,” Lopetegui added. “They’d played five games and it was our first.
“Particularly in the second half, the team showed quality and real personality. We played a good match in general terms and attempted to translate all we’ve been working on to the pitch.”