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Lopetegui: “The tour has been good and has helped us get up to pace”

NEWS | 07/08/2018 | Javier García (East Rutherford)

"Bale is doing phenomenally well and I’m convinced that he’ll have a great season", said the coach.
Julen Lopetegui spoke to the media to analyse Real Madrid win over Roma: "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".
 
Analysis of the tour
"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. We had Vallejo’s injury, who has muscle tear that will set him back for a few weeks. Álvaro Odriozola had a problem today but otherwise everything is fine".

"We've taken advantage of the time available to work and go through the preparation stages"

"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".
 
Kovacic and Modric
"It’s true that Mateo has expressed his desire to leave. I’ve expressed my desire for him to stay. If he leaves, we'll see how we organise things. Regarding Modric, I’ve already answered on previous occasions and there is nothing new there".
 
Kovacic situation
"The solution that we’d look for at the right time would be a player at Kovacic’s level, someone who is a top-level footballer. To compete all the objectives we’ve got, we need a balanced squad".

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