"We are a team who are growing and its natural that we are exposed to criticism because of this profile, but we do not want to be compared to Madrid or Barcelona". "In the end, matches are analysed on results - but you can't win the league with only 11 players".
It means Real second, level on points with Barcelona, while Atletico are just two behind in fourth. 'Just as we don't stop when we win, we'll not stop at defeats either.
Lopetegui said it was too early yet to say how long Bale would be out for, with October 28's Clasico at Barcelona already coming into view, while praising the contribution of young midfielder Dani Ceballos off the bench.
His average on day seven of LaLiga Santander was superior to 20 shots on goal per match.
But for arguably the first time in a generation, or longer, Atletico can now legitimately stake a claim to having the greater collection of players.
Real and Atletico began a pulsating derby less than three hours after Barca's draw at home to Bilbao, but goalkeepers reigned supreme in the capital to ensure the grudge match finished goalless. "We're now in no mood for smiling but we're also well aware that the league campaign is a long one".
Ahead of Courtois' first El Derbi appearance in Madrid colours on Saturday, Saul admitted to feeling a degree of shock about the Belgium international's transfer.
Real Madrid's 3-0 defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday has set the alarm bells ringing after they were outplayed and outfought by Sevilla. His recovery will continue to be assessed.' Atletico coach Diego Simeone, meanwhile, is not expecting anything other than a fiercely contested derby, no matter what form of either side.
Real's Thibaut Courtois made two exceptional saves in the first half to thwart Atletico strikers Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, while his opposite number, Jan Oblak, rescued the visitors with two cold-blooded stops after the interval to deny Marco Asensio and Dani Carvajal. 'I value them for their characteristics and potential.