Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema 'training like little kids' at Real Madrid, says Julen Lopetegui

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Bale and Benzema have stepped up after Ronaldo's departure.

Julen Lopetegui says Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and the rest of Real Madrid‘s players are “training like little kids” as they look to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo‘s summer departure to Juventus.

Bale has scored in all three of Madrid’s games this season, while Benzema has scored braces in the last two.

“I haven’t changed anybody,” Lopetegui said when asked how the players have stepped up in Ronaldo’s absence. “They were, are and will continue to be excellent players. Their desire to work has been fantastic and they’re training like little kids.”

“We are a great team,” he added. “Without any doubt whatsoever.”

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Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos reveals 'frustration and resentment' about Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has opened up about the “frustration and resentment” he felt under Zinedine Zidane’s regime.

Ceballos, 23, was handed just 12 La Liga run-outs in 2017/18 by the France legend following his July 2017 arrival from Real Betis. But change is in the air at Santiago Bernabeu after the previous head coach stepped aside after two-and-a-half glorious years and Julen Lopetegui was named as replacement.

Speaking to Radio MARCA, the new Spain call-up detailed his emotions in the wake of a trying debut campaign.

“During the regular season, I felt frustration and resentment towards Zidane,” Ceballos explained.

“There was a moment in the season when both [Toni] Kroos and [Luka] Modric were injured, but he opted to change the style of play to bring in others players instead. It burns you a little and hurts you.

“We were 15 points behind Barca and only had the Champions League to look forward to, but I also did not enter those dynamics.”

Ceballos has featured in two of Madrid’s three top-flight matches in 2018/19.

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Live Real Madrid Blog: See Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic reveal why Luka Modric is simply the best

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Hello Madridistas!

Matt Monaghan and the rest of the Sport360 team is here bringing you the latest Real Madrid news on Thursday.

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15:30 – Modric is the man for Dalic

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Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has revealed why he voted for Luka Modric as UEFA Player of the Year instead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Watch his answer here.

14:05 – Marcelo makes Madrid vow

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Left-back Marcelo has halted talk about a move to Juventus by declaring he will stay at Real Madrid “until the end”.

Read the full story here.

13:20 – Bale is bigged up by Ireland boss

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been labelled a “world-class player” by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill ahead of Thursday’s clash with Wales.

Watch the video here.

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