Losing the Madrid derby in the European Super Cup final was always going to add pressure with regard to new signings, and a plan was designed in advance no matter what happened in Tallinn, however, that’s now being revisited.
The reality is that the defeat has put Madrid on alert.
“The Super Cup doesn’t change anything,” they said.
Beyond the result, the Super Cup was a test to assess the situation for the season, and after what was seen, it’s clear that signings need to be made.
There are two weeks left before the end of the window and the club will remain vigilant.
A centre-back, a midfielder and a striker are what Madrid have been tracking for some time.
Lopetegui has already put his cards on the table in his planning and now he will see if Madrid accelerates some of his requests.
He’s worried about all aspects of the team, and with good reason because Madridare weakened in all of them.
He lost a defender (Theo), a midfielder (Kovacic) and a forward (Ronaldo).
In defence, Vallejo‘s injuries are also a concern, as is finding a substitute for Marcelo.
The midfield situation is similar as the team continue to depend on the gala trident of Modric, Casemiro and Kroos.
There is no clear relief for them and after the departure of Kovacic the hole is even bigger.
Llorente and Ceballos, who barely counted for Zidane last season might be called upon after Casemiro‘s injury against Atletico.
Isco, Asensio and Lucas Vazquez can be solutions at a certain moment, but they are another profile and are outside of that concept of midfielder that Julen wants to promote in the spine of the team.
In attack, more of the same.
Cristiano Ronaldo left, and Madrid haven’t found a star to cushion the loss of their top scorer during the last nine seasons.
Lopetegui has given responsibility to Bale and Benzema and, from there, there is Vinicius, who didn’t play for a minute against Atletico and whom Julen wants to protect
Then come Mayoral and Raul de Tomas.
The coach lacks a top striker to maintain the level of the starters, with Lewandowski and Rodrigo out of the equation due to their high price.
The problem is that the market does not let up and the shadow of Neymar is very long.