Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has not suffered new muscle injury

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has not suffered new muscle injury

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has not suffered new muscle injury

Lopetegui, though, will not be claiming fatigue as an issue, with his squad then set for a Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow.

"That's all it is, simply management", he added.

Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Griezmann were all among those snubbed for FIFA's controversial The Best award, but the latter was the only one to make a fuss, saying at the time: "The Best bothers me".

Sevilla followed its 3-0 rout of Real Madrid with a 3-1 win at Eibar, a match that had to be stopped for a few minutes in the second half because fans fell onto the pitch when a railing collapsed.

Bale picked up a thigh injury during the goalless draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday and had to come off at half-time.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale during the warm up before the match. They're experts at keeping clean sheets thanks to the experience, leadership and defensive nous they have across the team. Nevertheless his battle with Ramos and Varene is likely to be a key factor in what promises to be a vital game and one which Lopetegui probably needs to win more than Simeone. "It's a pity because we wanted to win but we leave with a good result".

In response, Griezmann - who enjoyed a fantastic summer in Russian Federation after helping France win their first World Cup trophy in 20 years - has seen the amusing side of Ramos' comments, suggesting that football is all about "poking fun" at both team-mates and rival players.

The Russians also drew their opening Champions League match against Viktoria Plzen, though due to the circumstances it felt more like a triumph than a disappointment. "We've had chances and they will come". Back a Madrid victory and both teams to score at [3.1]. Barca defender Jordi Alba, meanwhile, was fiercely critical of his side after they took two points from a possible nine.

The main worry for Atletico is striker Diego Costa: although he scored twice against Real Madrid in the Supercup, he hasn't found the net in his last 13 league appearances. Real have the same number of points as they did after seven games last season.

He told Cadena Ser's El Larguero programme: "Joining Real Madrid would for me be would be very, very hard, nearly impossible".

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