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Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid as post-Ronaldo era begins

Bale starts for Real Madrid as post-Ronaldo era begins

15/08/2018 at 19:23Updated 15/08/2018 at 19:25

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Isco have been named in Real Madrid’s starting XI for the Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid in Tallinn, Estonia.

The clash signals a new era for Real Madrid as new boss Julen Lopetegui faces his first proper outing without the departed Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the Spanish capital for Juventus in July.

Keylor Navas gets the nod in goal, with recent recruit Thibaut Courtois ineligible to play against his former side due to paperwork issues. Luka Modric is on the bench.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone fields Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in attack, with summer signing Thomas Lemar expected to line up on the left flank.

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Asensio, Benzema.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Lucas Hernandez; Koke, Rodri, Saul, Lemar; Diego Costa, Griezmann.