The last test of the pre-season finished with a good victory against AC Milan in the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy (3-1). The next important game will be against Atlético Madrid on the 15th of August in the European Supercup at Tallinn. So far, Julen Lopetegui can be happy because Los Blancos are showing a good level in August despite not having the best footballers ready.
It was the first game without Cristiano Ronaldo at Santiago Bernabéu and nothing happened. As it was expected the supporters were happy to see their team again and, especially, they good enjoy Luka Modric, whose future was on hold after the rumours linking him to Inter Milan. The Golden Ball of the last World Cup played his first minutes this season and received a big applause from the supporters.
Talking about football, Lopetegui will trust the BBA this start of the season. So Benzema and Gareth Bale will be the attacking couple and Asensio will help them. The first two scored the first two goals of the game and the Spaniard played a very good game. He has to improve and take his opportunities because this must be his season.
In the midfield we could see Ceballos, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, but Luka Modric will need some space. Obviously we are just in August and there are some footballers who need to improve, like Marcelo, who showed a poor level. The one who is back with the same quality as last season is Keylor Navas, who made a couple of great saves. This year he has a big competitor with Thibaut Courtois, but he will fight for a position in the starting eleven. The Costa Rican couldn’t avoid the goal scored by Gonzalo Higuaín, who was cheered by Real Madrid supporters.
We also had the chance to see Vinicius Junior for the very first time at Santiago Bernabéu. He played only the last 15 minutes but he deserved much more as he showed great quality with his dribblings. Also Borja Mayoral played some minutes and scored the last goal. The team is ready to fight for the first trophy of the season.