Following his two-goal haul for Atletico Madrid in his side’s 4-2 UEFA Super Cup victory over Real Madrid, Diego Costa showed his respect for Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos – the man he got the better of during the Tallinn contest.
The former Chelsea striker was in potent form to give Atleti early season bragging rights over their city rivals, helping to inflict Real’s first continental final defeat in 18 years.
But the 29-year-old was modest post-match.
Watch what Costa had to say about Ramos in the video below:
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: