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Real Madrid Julen Lopetegui highlighted the importance of his "collective" team over individual talent in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era after a 4-1 win at Girona on Sunday.

Real Madrid still don't know exactly what they are doing in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo but with players as risky as Gareth Bale; they don't necessarily have to.

Real Madrid's excellent team play, even after losing Cristiano Ronaldo, was key to their victory against Girona.

Their nightmarish defeat in the heartland of Catalonia last season was brought to mind after Borja Garcia rifled Girona ahead, but despite Julen Lopetegui's side a while to work their way into the game, they eventually hit their stride and the goals began to flow.

The Brazilian didn't look too impressed and, after the match, said: "I was surprised by the change but I respect the decision of the coach".

Benzema scored his second on 80 minutes as he collected Bale's tempting cross and had time to turn and power the ball home.

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Thibaut Courtois was expected to quickly assume the role of first choice goalkeeper for Real Madrid after arriving from Chelsea for 35 million euros ($40 million) this month. "We don't get involved in managerial decision".

An early report from Real Madrid's camp suggested Lopetegui was seen as just another Rafa Benitez, who lasted just 25 games before being sacked.

"I've got some really good options in goal and there are no problems in that area", Lopetegui explained.

"We are on the right road and I am sure we are going to improve with each game". We played well today and we got the three points.

"There's great competition and that makes us stronger in the goalkeeping department".

But the former Spain boss has come under-fire for not handing a start to new arrival Thibaut Courtois.

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