The Welshman assisted Karim Benzema’s equaliser with a pinpoint cross from the channel and also laid on another for Marco Asensio, before fading as the match went on.
Regardless, Lopetegui was happy with his key man – though he does expect the 29-year-old to improve his level ahead of this coming weekend’s home match with Getafe.
Watch the Madrid manager speak below:
The 26-year-old hobbled off injured with a muscle injury during the Whites’ UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid to cap a miserable night in Tallinn.
It is thought the former Porto man could now miss this weekend’s home La Liga opener against Getafe while he believes new boss Julen Lopetegui’s tenure has begun well, despite the loss to Diego Simeone’s men.
Casemiro feels the ex-Spain boss is already getting across ideas, which in turn have made Ronaldo an after-thought.
“Sure, we cannot cover things, Cristiano showed here that he has been the best in the world,” he told reporters post-match. “But it is already past, we cannot keep thinking about him.”
He added: “We have to talk about the players we have. We want to make a stronger, more solid team, but Cristiano is already in the past.
“It’s still the beginning of everything.
“Julen is doing a great job, trying to maintain the illusion, which is not easy.”
Watch Casemiro below:
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is apparently considering whether Los Blancos need to dip into the transfer market and bring in new faces ahead of the August 31 window deadline in Spain.
According to Marca, Wednesday night’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn – their first continental European final loss in 18 years – has given Perez plenty of food for thought.
Ahead of the new season, the Whites still look light up top following Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure to Juventus and there is an argument to suggest signing another forward to support first-choice front-three Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale would be a wise move.
The issue Los Blancos have is that all of their No1 summer transfer targets are out of reach, with pursuits for PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar grinding to a quick halt, while Bayern Munich refused to allow star man Robert Lewandowski to leave the Allianz Arena.
For now, the club will be hoping Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior enjoys a rapid rise in his first season in the Spanish capital but expect Perez and his team to be working right up until the deadline to find reinforcements.