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Notes & Quotes: September 3rd, 2018

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Puskas award nominees announced, Club World Cup draw, and Lopetegui not worried about attendance numbers

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

FIFA announce the nominees for the 2018 Puskas Award

Gareth Bale is among the nominees for this year’s Puskas, which awards the player with the best goal this past season.

As part of FIFA’s “TheBest” awards, the Puskas is available to fans to vote on who had the most aesthetically pleasing goal of the year.

Bale certainly has a case for it, scoring an absolute gorgeous overhead goal against Liverpool in the Champions League Final; certainly doesn’t get much more memorable than that. Ronaldo’s overhead goal against Juventus is also up for nomination, an equally deserving goal.

I would wager that either Bale or Ronaldo’s goals will win, they looked just gorgeous and were the hardest to technically pull off. I would throw my hat in towards Bale’s goal, the moment surrounding it as well as being astonishing just made his more iconic.

Club World Cup draw takes place Tuesday morning

At 10 A.M GMT on Tuesday, the Club World Cup initial matches will be announced in Zurich. Real Madrid will feature yet again in this tournament as defending champions, but not until December 18th or 19th.

Real will play either the Match 2 or Match 3 winner on either of those dates for the semi-finals. Last season, Real defeated UAE club Al Jazira and advanced to defeat Brazilian Série A club Grêmio in the Club World Cup Final.

This year’s CWC takes place again in the UAE starting on December 12th.

Lopetegui not concerned with attendance numbers to start the season

Real Madrid’s attendance at the Bernabéu has been less than ideal in the first two matches there this season. The first match against Getafe, the attendance was the lowest it had been since 2009. Julen Lopetegui gave his thoughts about these figures during a press conference.

“I have no doubt that the fans will be with the team.”

“They will be encouraging as always.”

“What happened with Getafe was to do with the dates, but we are confident that they will support us.”

The Leganes match was similar in attendance numbers to the Getafe match. The obvious question is why is the attendance so low? Some would say it’s the “Ronaldo effect”, which could hold some truth especially against the smaller Spanish clubs. But, it likely has to do more with who Real’s opponents are and high ticket prices.

I would think the attendance gets better against top 6 clubs, and likely full for Clásico and El Derbi Madrileño. And it will likely be full on Champions League nights as well.

Barcelona haven’t fill the Nou Camp either yet, obviously playing against weaker sides as well. This is likely why the attendance has been low for Real so far, because the level of opposition just isn’t there yet and tickets aren’t really that cheap.

It would become worrisome if Champions League and rivalry attendance is low, but for now there’s no need to worry and Lopetegui doesn’t seem to concerned on the club’s behalf. We’ll obviously find out how Champions League attendance is looking when Real play Roma on the 19th at the Bernabéu.