Real Madrid begins title defence with goalless draw against Sociedad

Real Madrid kick off title defence with trip to Real Sociedad

LaLiga: Champions Real Madrid held in opener as Silva makes Sociedad debut

La Liga's reigning champions began the new campaign with a frustrating stalemate in which Courtois had to make a brilliant one-on-one stop from Alexander Isak to preserve a point.

The pre-season has helped clear up some issues at Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon in London ahead of their planned moves to Tottenham Hotspur, while Brahim Diaz has joined AC Milan on loan.

Courtois told Movistar : "Of course we've got goals".

The goalkeeper was encouraged by his team-mates' work to subdue Sociedad, who had just 32 per cent of the possession and were restricted to six attempts.

"It's always a bit hard at the start but it's easier for me with all these incredible players I have around me". The silky Spain worldwide proved he can do both sides of the game, making two tackles, four clearances, an interception and three blocks, as well as attempting more passes in the opposition half (32), having more touches (65) and competing in more duels (18) than any other team-mate.

Norwegian global Odegaard spent last season on loan at Sociedad but lined up against his former team-mates in midfield to make his third appearance for Real.

The incoming 21-year-old was key to Zidane's game plan.

"It was a very special game for me. For many players it was the first game", said the Real coach proudly. Today, this is how I picked things.

"We always go out to win, so in that sense, it's a bit of a case of two points dropped, but ultimately we struggled to fashion chances, particularly in the second half".

Imanol Alguacil also valued his former player Martin Odegaard, now at Real Madrid, said that "it will not be discovered now how he plays" and is sure that "he will get all the good he deserves because he lives for and for football".

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