Carlo Ancelotti says his Real Madrid side has prepared well and is ready for a tough match with Sevilla in the European Super Cup final.
The two La Liga sides meet at the Cardiff City Stadium in Wales in what is Los Blancos’ first chance to win silverware this season. They are aiming for a record six trophies this campaign.
But speaking at a press conference ahead of game, Ancelotti spoke about the dangers posed by Sevilla, and admitted they gave his team a hard time last season.
“The team is ready to play the match at full throttle, but it won’t be easy because we’re playing against a team that really hurt us last year and they have spent time preparing for this match,” the Italian told reporters.
“Sevilla’s style is the same as last season and they have changed the midfield with some new players. The quality of my squad is important to try and win if they have the same desire and determination to win as we had last season,” he continued.
The boss also revealed summer signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez will start the match in Cardiff, despite joining pre-season training later due to their World Cup commitments.
“They will play from the start. Kroos is going to help us because he is very good tactically. James is an excellent player. He is very strong and runs a lot. He can play up front or as an attacking midfielder. I’m happy with the signings because the quality of the team has improved,” Ancelotti stated.