first_imgReal Madrid were on the losing side of a final in their first competitive match since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid beat Real 4-2 to lift the UEFA Super Cup but Los Blancos midfielder Casemiro feels that cannot be an excuse.Casemiro, who was substituted in the 76th minute with his side leading 2-1, saw the game slip out of their hands from the bench but has gone on to say that this is just the start and they have faith in new coach Julen Lopetegui.Lopetegui who was sacked as the coach of the Spain national team just one day before the start of the World Cup endured a difficult start to the beginning of his managerial career at Real.Lopetegui predecessor Zinedine Zidane won all the eight finals he took Real Madrid and that’s a difficult statistic to top but Casemiro was confident of eventual development under their new manager.”Of course we miss Cristiano, but that’s in the past now,” Casemiro told reporters after his side were overpowered by their city rivals in extra time in Tallinn.”We cannot talk about Cristiano to cover things up, because any team would miss Cristiano. We are upset about losing a trophy but this is just the start. We have total confidence in our coach and giving excuses is not what Real Madrid do.”Real have not yet signed a replacement for the man who scored 451 goals and led them to four Champions League titles in the last five seasons.advertisementThe club received 105 million euros ($119.4 million) from Juve for Ronaldo in July, but the only new recruit at the Bernabeu has been goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.Casemiro, however, said the loss to Atletico did not mean his side had to go out and make urgent signings.”One result doesn’t mean we have a better or worse squad, those in charge of the club will decide whether or not we need more signings,” added the Brazilian.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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