Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui says the US pre-season tour has helped to shape the team ahead of next season’s campaign.
Madrid defeated Roma 2-1 in their last International Champions Cup on Tuesday at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey with Gareth Bale setting up Marco Asensio for the opener before the Welshman doubled the lead as Kevin Strootman scored Roma’s lone goal.j
Lopetegui who took over from Zinedine Zidane in a post-match conference said, “The tour has been good and has helped us get up to pace. We’ve had to travel, but we’ve taken advantage of the time available to work and go through the preparation stages.
“The matches have been good and we’ve also shaped and worked on the pace of those who arrived later.
Speaking on the performance of his players and Gareth Bale whom he believes will fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, the Spaniard said, “Nobody has to carry the weight of the squad. They have to be part of the team and give their best for the team. That’s what Bale is doing, he’s a great player. I don’t like to compare players or talk about having to carry the weight of the team”.
“Nobody has to carry the team, but they give the best they have. It’s my way of watching football. He’s doing phenomenally well and I’m convinced that he’ll have a great season”.
On the possible transfer of Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois he said,
“I always say that I’m not talking about players who’re not at Real Madrid. Keylor is our goalkeeper and there are no other goalkeepers I can talk about except Keylor, Kiko, Lunin and Luca. I understand your work, it’s different from mine, you build the bridge before the river. Keylor is phenomenal, he has our full confidence and is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He’s delighted to belong to Real Madrid and we’re delighted with him”.