The two Madrid teams will begin their new season against each other in the UEFA Super Cup 2018 final in Tallinn. This is the first official match of Real Madrid‘s new manager Julen Lopetegui. They are the defending Champions of the competition. After bagging the Europa League title, it is another chance for Atletico Madrid to add another European title. Check Indian time and telecast channels of this match. For the first time in a decade Real Madrid will play without their all time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo. Gareth Bale is expected to take his spot after the Portuguese departure. Let’s take a close look on both teams.
Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid 2018 Preview
Current form in all competitions
Real Madrid: WWLWD
Atletico Madrid: LLWWW
Los Blancos are looking to equalize the record of most UEFA Super Cup wins with Barcelona and Milan who won it five times. The defending Champions have won it twice in the last two years.
Atletico Madrid have played the European Super Cup twice, winning on both occasions in 2010 and 2012. City rivals Real Madrid played it 6 times and won on 4 occasions.
Before heading to this competition, both teams played the pre-season friendly competition International Champions Cup in the United States. Atleti finished the competition at 17th spot with one draw and two defeats. Meanwhile, Real Madrid lost one and won two.
Both teams last met on 8 April this year. It was a 1-1 draw of the La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo is the all time top goal scorer of the Madrid derby who will not feature this time.
Madrid Derby 2018 Teams News
Real Madrid’s new signing Thibaut Courtois is likely to miss the game as the player just joined the team. So Keylor Navas would be the first choice of coach Julen Lopetegui. Modric is also doubtful and he is likely to be replace by Toni Kroos.
World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann is returned to club duty and he is the first favorite of Diego Simeone to be featured in the final. French forward Diego Costa could also join him.
Before the final, Julen Lopetegui had some words about Gareth Bale. He said “Bale is a player we love, he has been here a long time and has been training hard. He is motivated and is an important player who forms part of the team, and being a team is what is important.”
“We need great players like him, and I’m more than happy with his work and attitude. We have player who is a super professional player in all aspects, who is training with the motivation of a youth player and who is helping us enormously.”
Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid Possible Lineups
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.
Out: Vallejo, Odriozola
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe Luis; Koke, Saul, Rodrigo; Lemar, Griezmann, Costa