Rueda de prensa de Julen Lopetegui

Lopetegui: "This is the start of a demanding challenge and we want to win the LaLiga title"

NEWS | 18/08/2018 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero

"I want to see my team produce an ambitious and confident performance against Getafe", added the Real Madrid boss.
Julen Lopetegui took to the media room at Real Madrid City on the eve of his side's clash against Getafe. The Whites' boss previewed his first competitive game in charge at the Bernabéu in the following terms: "I want to see the sort of performance that we want to be producing right throughout the season: ambitious, committed, talented and with the confidence of what we're all about and capable of doing as a team and individually, whilst always respecting the opposition".

"This is the start of a demanding challenge and we want to win the LaLiga title. I'm just focused on tomorrow's match. I want us to win all of our games between now and the end of the transfer window and everything else is out of our control. The three points available tomorrow are just as important as those that'll be up at stake in November or March. This is the start of an exciting challenge. We want to make sure we're up to it and ultimately win the LaLiga title".

"We face a side that finished eighth in LaLiga last season and who have the same coach and a great team spirit. They've also enjoyed a very good pre-season. They've recruited really well and their squad has more quality than last year's. We have to make sure we're really well prepared for a season that excites and motivates us and in which we want to be the ones writing the headlines".

"We've got a magnificent squad here. We've got enough talent to be a great team and are convinced that we'll become just that. I want to focus on getting the most out of a squad that I really enjoy working with. We want the team to benefit from our individual talents and we're working towards that with a group of players who have a fantastic attitude. The only players that matter are those who are here at the club. Those who aren't here aren't important to us".

"We'll be fighting for silverware on all fronts with the players that are available to us. We fully trust in them and the coaching staff have to get the most out of them. They've been working really hard and I wouldn't question the talent there is within this squad".

I'm thrilled with the players' attitude and hunger to stake their claim.

"I'm thrilled with the players' attitude and hunger to stake their claim. We want to be in a position to win LaLiga, the competition which is all about consistency and which earns you a place in the rest of the competitions. As a coach, I'm interested in everything, but, above all, I want us to be capable of producing our best and we'll be giving every last ounce to ensure that we do that".

How do you want your team to perform?
"You always aim for your team to be perfect and master all areas of the game: to attack and defend better. We've put in some good work despite the challenge presented by the fact that the players have adapted at different rates due their involvement at the World Cup. We now have a game a week and that's our chance to all work together as a team".

Your work
"I'm excited and happy with how the players have responded in all areas and I'm hopeful that we'll have a good season. That's the mentality at the moment amongst the coaching staff and the squad".

The goalkeepers
"There's no magic formula. I believe in managing things on a weekly basis and we'll look and see what's best for the team at each particular stage. We've got two brilliant options in Keylor Navas and Courtois. We'll try and manage things well and make the best decisions for the good of the team. There's going to be fierce competition, but that's only a good thing for the team. We won't be running with five goalkeepers in the squad, we'll cut it down to three. We'll take the decisions when we need to".

"The penalty-taking duties don't belong to anybody. Penalties are awarded to the team and it's the coach's decision about who takes them. Let's hope that this is the biggest problem we have to deal with. We've got a whole host of players who are capable of taking on the responsibility. There are other issues which are tougher to resolve".