Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo exit should not be an excuse for their defeat in the UEFA Super Cup.
The European champions, who employed Julen Lopetegui this summer as Zinedine Zidane replacement, have suffered a 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
The Brazilian has called on his teammates to forget Ronaldo and start thinking about the current players at Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo opted to leave Real Madrid for Juventus on 10 July this summer for Juventus and signed a four-year contract after completing a £105m transfer.
“Sure, we cannot cover things,” Casemiro said after Los Blancos’ defeat at the A. Le Coq Arena.
“Cristiano showed here that he has been the best in the world.”
“But it is already past, we cannot keep thinking about him.”
“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.”
Ronaldo joined La Liga giants in 2009 from Manchester United and went on to break each and every Madrid record.
The 33-year-old has helped the capital city side to win 15 trophies including two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has managed to score 450 goals in 438 appearances across all competitions for Madrid.