Real Madrid Coach Pleased With Bale and His Team after Opening Match

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui praised the European champions and Welshman Gareth Bale after the new Madrid coach celebrated his first La Liga victory.

Football news: The Welsh star had a good game in Madrid’s 2-0 win against Getafe on Sunday

Lopetegui replaced Zinedine Zidane as Madrid coach this season and won his first encounter by 2-0 margin against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Madrid were defeated 4-2 after extra-time by their city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, but bounced back against Getafe thanks to Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal.

Carvajal opened the scoring for Madrid in the 20th minute. Bale, who has become Madrid’s forward since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, scored the winning goal six minutes into the second half.

Lopetegui later in an interview praised the Welsh star’s performance in the game. "I liked the team's performance in general and Bale had a very good match.

"He offers lots of different things, like the other players. We must continue working, the team always comes before individual talent and that goes for Bale too."

Lopetegui added: "We're satisfied with the win and happy because the team did a lot right. There's still room for improvement at this stage of the season, as with all teams. We played with intensity, played as a team and scored two goals against a side who had the third best defensive record last season and who came here and made things difficult."

Madrid’s new signing Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois did not debut in the Spanish capital as Keylor Navas retained his place against Getafe.

Courtois had to sit out the UEFA Super Cup game and was restricted to the sidelines for the Sunday’s league opener too.

"We'll be running with three goalkeepers in the squad. We're delighted with the competition for the goalkeeper's jersey. It's marvellous and I don't see it as a problem, but rather see it as us having several options," Lopetegui said.

"We'll make decisions as the season progresses. We're really happy with the performance levels of our goalkeepers."