Live Real Madrid blog: Massimiliano Allegri believes Real Madrid will still be strong without Ronaldo

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Hi everyone, Brendon Netto here. Welcome to our latest Real Madrid blog as we keep you up to date on all the latest news from the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Follow our updates below…

4:43pm – Massimiliano Allegri believes Real Madrid will still be strong without Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo left Real for Juve earlier this summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo left Real for Juve earlier this summer.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Real Madrid will still be one of the leading teams in Europe this season even without Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Bianconeri coach was speaking after a Ronaldo-less Juve lost 3-1 to Los Blancos at FedEx Field in Maryland overnight on Saturday.

Read more about this story here.

4:05pm – Fulham swoop for Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez

Fulham continue their preparations for the Premier League season by remaining active in the transfer window.

According to the Daily Mail, the newly-promoted outfit have enquired about taking Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez on loan and have also asked about the availability of Sampordia midfielder Dennis Praet.

Theo Hernandez.

Theo Hernandez.

2:08pm – Lopetegui ends Luka Modric to Inter Milan talk

Julen Lopetegui has ended speculation of Luka Modric leaving Real Madrid for Inter Milan.

Read more here.

Luka Modric.

Luka Modric.

12:05pm – Madrid 3-1 PSG report

Marco Asensio came off the bench and delivered as he scored twice early in the second-half to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Juventus 3-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Read more here.

11:10am – Asensio delighted with performance

Marcos Asensio scored a two goals off the bench for Real Madrid in their pre-season win over Juventus.

Watch what the Spaniard had to say on the game below.

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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Real Madrid will still be one of the leading teams in Europe this season even without Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Bianconeri coach was speaking after a Ronaldo-less Juve lost 3-1 to Los Blancos at FedEx Field in Maryland overnight on Saturday.

Gareth Bale and a Marco Asensio brace cancelled out Dani Carvajal’s own goal and Allegri was impressed by Julen Lopetegui’s side.

“Real Madrid have a great squad even without Cristiano, ours is a great squad too, thanks in part to the experience of a player like Cristiano,” he said.

“I saw a Madrid which is preparing, with a number of players still away, but I’m sure they will be leading in Europe.

“It was a good game against a great team. It wasn’t easy after playing four games and already thinking about the Italian championship.”

The Italian coach was also keen not to get carried away following the summer signing of Ronaldo, who predictably was the talk before, during and after the friendly.

And even though the Old Lady are sure to be even tougher to beat, both domestically and in Europe in 2018/19, Allegri insists his players must not think it will be an easy season.

“It’s normal that with Cristiano we will be stronger, but we mustn’t think that the Italian championship will be easy and think about the Champions League,” he added.

“You have to have a great respect for our rivals. I’ll be lucky enough to coach Cristiano, which will be very prestigious for our football.”

The fixture was the last of Juventus’ pre-season campaign with their next game the Serie A opener against Chievo on August 18.

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Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Gareth Bale shine in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Juventus

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Marco Asensio came off the bench and delivered as he scored twice early in the second-half to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Juventus 3-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The Spaniard was introduced at the start of the second period and took less than two minutes to score. He then added his second in the 56th minute with both goals provided by new team-mate Vinicius Jr.

It was the first defeat of the pre-season and the final match of the International Champions Cup campaign for Italy’s Juventus. The Serie A champions now open up their title defense at Chievo on August 18.

They were without new signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not make his debut against his former team. The Portuguese superstar skipped the club’s US tour because he was recovering from his World Cup performance.

Gareth Bale also scored for the European champions as the Welshman served notice that he is going to produce despite the loss of Ronaldo.

Bale hit a stunning shot from 20 yards out in the 39th minute to level the score at 1-1 in the front of the crowd of 60,000 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

Bale finished with 16 La Liga goals last season and is in his fifth campaign with Real Madrid.

Asensio subbed in after half-time and wasted no time getting on the board. He finished off a drive by side-footing a shot home in the 47th minute on a rush with Vinicius, who also entered the game at half-time.

The pair combined again just nine minutes later to make it 3-1 for Real Madrid on another unselfish pass from Vinicius. This time, Asensio’s shot deflected off the right arm of Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and trickled into the net.

Juventus’ lone score came in the 12th minute on an own goal by Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal.

Carvajal was trying to corral Joao Cancelo’s left side cross when he deflected the ball into his own net.

It was the first pre-season defeat for Juventus, who were without many of their key attackers for their US tour, including Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic.

In earlier matches, Juventus beat Bayern Munich, Benfica and the Major League Soccer All-Stars.

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