Julen Lopetegui has given his verdict regarding Gareth Bale being dubbed as Ronaldo’s replacement.
The post-Ronaldo era for Real Madrid has started. They are yet to announce a big name replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, while some reports suggest they have one in their ranks. Welsh star Gareth Bale has often been dubbed as the next big thing after Ronaldo at Madrid. But he will be under no pressure to match Ronaldo’s potential says Lopetegui.
The Portuguese star’s departure sent shockwaves across the world. Real responded by enquiring about the availability of PSG’s Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. However, they failed in their pursuits and fans will now be counting on Bale to step into Ronaldo’s shoes. Having scored 450 goals for Los Blancos since joining them, the ex-United forward was Madrid’s top goal poacher.
Now, the club’s decision to stick to their existing squad speaks volumes about their faith in Benzema and Bale in particular. Although the 29-year-old will not be under additional pressure according to his coach.
Lopetegui backs Bale but insists he is not Ronaldo’s replacement
Gareth Bale has been in the spotlight ever since Ronaldo’s move to Juve. The Welsh international has starred for Real since the start of this season, and he is under no additional pressure affirmed Julen Lopetegui. He said,”It [Ronaldo’s departure] doesn’t worry us. What we have to do is to try to make ourselves capable of replacing those goals, to try to even improve on them. We don’t want it to be something that is the responsibility of anyone in particular.
Julen Lopetegui has backed Gareth Bale to be the key man for Real Madrid now Ronaldo has left pic.twitter.com/7i1yaEkxmb
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The Spanish gaffer further added,”There are only two ways of doing that: scoring more goals spread across more players or letting in less[sic] goals. That’s a responsibility the team has as well. We have to try to do that to be the team that we want to be in the future.”
After losing to Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup, Real returned to winning ways against Getafe. They will resume their league campaign on Monday, against Girona.
Gareth Bale has started proceedings well after Ronaldo’s departure. He will now certainly be Madrid’s go-to man, fitness permitting. As for Lopetegui’s claims, his comments make sense for rather than depending on one man, Real should try to compensate for Ronaldo’s goals as a collective unit.
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