Whichever team emerges victorious from Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup showdown in Estonia, Spain's La Liga comes out the victor, as ESPN reports, with last season's UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid facing their crosstown rivals, Atletico Madrid - winners of the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League - for the annual kickoff to the European club championship season which will live stream from Tallinn.
Luka Modric's agent has opened the door to a potential move to Inter, insisting the Real Madrid midfielder is enthused by the idea of playing for the Serie A side.
Last year's No. 1 Keylor Navas is expected to keep his place in goal for the showpiece fixture ahead of new signing Thibaut Courtois, although Lopetegui would not confirm his XI just 24 hours before kickoff.
"We've come in and found a player who's really excited, is the ultimate professional and who has trained with the desire of a youth player", the Spaniard said.
The former Spain coach will be in charge of Madrid for the first time in an official match. Spurred on by a painful Champions League quarter-final defeat by Roma, Barcelona have reinforced their squad wisely in the summer window.
"Zidane did extraordinary work with incredible success but that is the past", Lopetegui added. "We look forward to the launch of this new partnership that will ensure the large community of local football fans is reached in a highly innovative and accessible manner".
"The arrival of good players guarantees good individuals but not a better team until we are all working in the same direction". But in terms of motivation we never feel beneath anyone.
"In this match, we will do everything".