Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in a Portugal-heavy list of nominees for the 2017-18 UEFA Goal of the Season for his overhead kick for former club Real Madrid against current side Juventus. Whatever happens, Real Madrid will continue to live on, and it was (Ronaldo's) choice to leave.
These two teams have won five of the last eight Super Cups but have never played each other in the event and this represents the first Super Cup between two clubs from the same city.
"We are delighted that [Bale] is with us", Lopetegui said.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday in Estonia.
It meant Gareth Bale's similar effort in the Champions League final victory over Liverpool for Los Blancos was not among the nominees as the 11 on the list are each from one of UEFA's 11 different competition's from the previous season. We are delighted with his attitude and his desire, he's an ultra professional who is training with the desire of a youth teamer.
"We have had lots of success, which is because we are a family and he was part of that family, which we have continued to have. We are convinced he will have a great season".
Antoine Griezmann lifted the World Cup over the summer (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? We will keep this hunger and ambition and motivation.
"The arrival of good players guarantees good individuals but not a better team until we are all working in the same direction", Simeone said, who is suspended from the touchline for the match after being sent off in the Europa League semi-final against Arsenal.
The Spanish defender stressed that there have been so many instances in the past where big players left the club but Real Madrid always found a solution and got back to the top of things. "In this match we will do everything we can to take the game where we want it".