Lopetegui puts his plan to the test against Milan at the Bernabeu



The new Julen Lopetegui era gets underway at the Santiago Bernabeu following the success under Zinedine Zidane and the coach has the always tough task of satisfying the most demanding fans in world football

The former Spain coach will look to stamp his own mark on the side and so far what has happened during the tour of the United States suggests that the fans are happy with his approach so far.

Against Milan in the Trofeo Bernabeu, Lopetegui will look to show the fans that they can be entertained as demonstrated in the first half against Roma and the second period against Manchester United.

Madrid will look to have the ball, move it around quickly and recover it at speed when it is lost. They will aim to do this without their talisman of recent year, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team needs to prove itself without the Portuguese and Lopetegui has tried alternatives including a 4-3-3 but the main aim is to be more of a group than individuals.

Lopetegui will play Asensio as a false nine alongside Benzema and Bale with all three having scored in the preseason. The coach though also will be looking for a role from his second string like Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Odriozola and Vinicius.

In particular Vinicius will be looking to force his way into Lopetegui’s plans and so far he has shown plenty of potential.