Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema ‘Training like little kids’


Julen Lopetegui said Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have been intensely training since they arrived for preseason and it has left him impressed.

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, there were concerns over who would carry the responsibility he left, but Lopetegui says that the whole team is doing so.

“I haven’t changed anybody,” Lopetegui said when asked about who picked up the role that Ronaldo left (h/t ESPN FC).

“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,” Lopetegui said. “Without any doubt whatsoever.”