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Julen Lopetegui: 'No concerns over strength of Real Madrid squad'

Lopetegui: 'No concerns over Real squad'
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Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui declares himself happy with his squad and insists that he is now focused on getting the best out of those available to him.

Julen Lopetegui has hinted that Real Madrid will not look to make any further signings this summer as he is focused on getting the best out of his current squad.

Los Blancos have lost record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus since finishing third in La Liga last season, while backup players Theo Hernandez and Mateo Kovacic have been loaned out.

Right-back Alvaro Odriozola, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior have all been brought in, but questions have been asked about the quality of Real's squad following their UEFA Super Cup defeat against Atletico Madrid.

Lopetegui has "no doubts" about the calibre of players available to choose from, however, and the new man in charge is desperate to get off to a winning start in the league when the European champions host Getafe on Sunday evening.

"Right now we're focusing on getting the best out of the squad we have which is a squad we love, we have a lot of talent and we're going to work with it," he told reporters.

"We like the players we have and I have no doubts about the squad I have. Our players have a fantastic attitude, and people are going to see a Madrid side with a lot of talent. The important players are the ones that are here, not the ones that are not.

"We have to focus on our games right now because the three points tomorrow are worth the same as all the other games, so we have to realise the season is starting now.

"I'm really impressed with the enthusiasm the players have to revindicate themselves and with the talent they have. We want to win this league title, it's the competition which examines your work every day. My biggest concern is to make sure we are capable of competing."

Madrid finished 17 points behind champions Barcelona in Zinedine Zidane's final campaign at the helm.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1273234181624
2Sevilla1272324141023
3Atletico MadridAtletico12651168823
4AlavesAlaves127231712523
5Espanyol126331610621
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
8Levante125251819-117
9GironaGirona124531314-117
10Real Sociedad124441514116
11Getafe124441110116
12Real Betis124441215-316
13EibarEibar124351218-615
14Celta Vigo123542220214
15Valencia1228289-114
16Villarreal122551113-211
17Athletic Bilbao121741319-610
18Leganes12246916-710
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
20Huesca121381025-156

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