Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: Estonia welcomes neighbours for Super Cup finalAugust 15, 2018
The 15,000-capacity A. Le Coq Arena in the Estonian capital of Tallinn will be the venue for tomorrow night’s UEFA Super Cup final between a new look Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico Madrid.
The Champions League holders have seen the departures of head coach Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, with new boss Julen Lopetegui adding Thibault Courtois, Alvaro Odriozola and Vinicius Junior to Los Blancos’ squad.
There has also been a number of comings and goings at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Diego Simeone seeing contributors to last season’s Europa League win such as Kevin Gameiro, Sime Vrsaljko and captain Gabi leave the Spanish capital, with Santiago Arias, Thomas Lemar, Nikola Kalinic and Antonio Adan just a few who have officially became Rojiblancos over the summer break.
Winning four of the last five Champions Leagues, current Super Cup holders Real arrived in Estonia with a strong squad list. All three signings are included in the team, alongside Luka Modric who is still rumoured to be interested in a move to Inter Milan. With the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, it could mean that Gareth Bale, who scored an incredible overhead in the final back in May, will have a bigger part to play for Real this season.
Atleti include World Cup winners Lemar, Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez in the squad for Wednesday’s clash. Fellow new signings Gelson Martins and Rodri have also travelled alongside new primary captain Diego Godin.
Predicted line ups:
Real Madrid – Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Bale, Isco, Casemiro, Kroos, Asensio; Benzema
Atletico Madrid – Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis; Koke, Rodri, Saul, Lemar; Griezmann, Diego Costa