Atletico Madrid 4 – 2 Real Madrid | UEFA Super Cup

Atletico Madrid 4 - 2 Real Madrid | UEFA Super Cup

Julen Lopetegui’s first match as Real Madrid manager was marked by an underwhelming performance. The General consensus after the game was that the Los Blancos without Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Zinedine Zidane are a very beatable team. Atletico Madrid emerged as victors in the Super Cup with a 4-2 margin and the new Season looks bright for the Los Rojiblancos.

Diego Costa opened the scoring in the 49th second, the fastest goal in the history of the Super Cup. Atletico’s monstrous forward was in top form in Estonia, scoring two and setting up Koke in the 4-2 win. Costa was not only clinical in front of goal but was also very effective in dealing with Compatriot Sergio Ramos and was almost bullish in dealing with the Real Madrid and Spain Captain. 

Real Madrid didn’t back down so easily and made a tremendous comeback scoring in the 27th minute when Gareth Bale’s pinpoint cross was headed away by Karim Benzema to pull the game level. It was all square at Half-time and Real Madrid were given a golden opportunity when Juanfran was penalized for a handball inside the box to award The Los Blancos a penalty. Captain Sergio Ramos stepped up and tucked the ball calmly to Jan Oblak’s left while the Slovak dived the other way. Advantage Real.

Atleti Manager, Diego Simeone was serving a touchline ban but his absence didn’t seem to demoralize the team as they fought for an equalizer. It was none other than Diego Costa who pulled things back for Atletico scoring from close range in the 79th minute and forcing the game to Extra Time. Former Real Madrid Youth player Saul Niguez scored an absolute belter against his former Club in the 98th Minute while the brilliant Diego Costa combined with Vitolo to tee up Koke to wrap up a dominant and convincing win.

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Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid – Combined XI | Super Cup

Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid - Combined XI | Super Cup

Real Madrid faces their local rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup tie at 12:30 AM, 16th August.

The classic Super Cup tie between the winner of the UEFA Champions League (Real) and the UEFA Europa League (Atletico) is set to be an absolute thriller as the local rivals square up. The term ‘Clash of the Titans’ has never fit better. 

Here we pick a combined eleven of the best players from the clash between Los BlancosLos Rojiblancos.

 

Goalkeeper – Jan Oblak (Atletico)

Jan Oblak is tipped as the best goalkeeper in the La Liga. The Atletico stopper has unquestionably proven himself as one of the best in the world. 

Left Back – Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Marcelo is the best left back in the world. Period. The skilful Brazillian is a constant threat from the left flank in the Real shirt. 

Centre Back – Diego Godin (Atletico)

Coming after a strong World Cup campaign with Uruguay, Diego Godin is set to put in yet another solid year for Atletico

Centre Back – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

One of the first names on any team sheet, Real skipper Sergio Ramos is always ready to do whatever it takes for his side to lift the trophy.

Right Back – Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Returning from an unfortunate injury that forced him to miss the World Cup, Dani Carvajal is set to make a strong return for Real.

Centre Midfield – Saul Niguez(Atletico)

Saul Niguez, a true gem in the heart of midfield, has established himself as one of the most consistent performers for Atletico at the age of just 23.

Centre Midfield – Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

1/2 of the best midfield duo in the world. The German engine, Toni Kroos is considered simply the best at what he does the majority of football fans.

Centre Midfield – Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

The other half of the best midfield duo in the world. Luka Modric returns after winning the Golden Ball in the World Cup with Croatia.

Left Wing – Isco (Real Madrid)

Treasured by new Real boss Julen Lopetegui, Spanish maestro Isco is set to flourish in a Ronaldo-less squad in the coming season.

Right Wing – Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Gareth Bale has always been under the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo; it will be fascinating to witness the Welsh winger shine this year.

Centre Forward – Antoine Griezmann (Atletico)

Antoine Griezmann returns as a World Cup winner with confidence at an all-time high. The French forward is extremely lethal when he is at his best, and this year seems to be his best year yet.

UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid

UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

The most prestigious Pre-Season game in European Football kicks off at The  A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia. The UEFA Super Cup sees the UEFA Champions League winners square off against the Europa League Champions and this time around we have a Madrid Derby in Estonia to determine who’s Europe’s elite. Julen Lopetegui’s Real Madrid or Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid? 

Ideally, Real Madrid would be going into this game as favorites but with a new manager and the team now entering “The Post-Ronaldo” era may make some Madridistas nervous. Atletico Madrid have been aggressive in the Transfer market and have made some really clever signings. Diego Simeone will be looking to give Real Madrid a run for their money.

Team News

Real Madrid: The Los Blancos have lost the star player and record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo and Manager Zinedine Zidane (now former) in the space of 2 months. To add to their woes, World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric is reportedly pushing for a move to Inter Milan. 21-year-old defender Jesus Vallejo was expected to make an appearance for the Los Blancos but the Spaniard is out with a Muscular Injury. It would be interesting to see how new Manager Julen Lopetegui sets up this Madrid side.

Predicted XI: Navas | Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal | Casemiro, Kroos, Isco | Asensio, Benzema, Bale

Atletico Madrid: The Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, seem a much more settled side when compared to their rivals. Diego Simeone’s tactics are imprinted in almost each and every Atletico Player and the Europa League Champions will be looking to exploit Real Madrid’s vulnerabilities. There are no Injury concerns for Atletico but the French World Cup-winning duo of Lucas Hernandez and Antoine Griezmann arrived only on Monday and could still be fatigued. New Signings Gelson Martins and Thomas Lemar are expected to be handed their professional debuts. 

Predicted XI: Oblak | Luis, Giminez, Godin, Juanfran | Rodri, Koke, Saul | Lemar, Costa, Martins

Key Players

Real Madrid- Gareth Bale

All the focus will be on Gareth Bale. The Welshman is immensely talented with blistering pace and immense potency in front of Goal, Lopetegui would be banking on Bale to be his main man for not only this game but rest of the Season.

Atletico Madrid- Diego Costa

With Antoine Griezmann expected to be on the bench post-his vacation, Diego Costa would be Atletico’s key player. Costa is one of the most dangerous strikers in World Football. The Spaniard will be hoping to dominate proceedings inside the penalty box and also help new boys, Gelson Martins and Thomas Lemar, acclimatize to the Club.