The Madrid-based papers are focusing on Atletico de Madrid’s win over Real Madrid last night. While the Rojiblancos players said it was not about revenge, Marca and AS say the 2-1 overall win the in the Supercopa goes some way to make up for the painful loss in the Champions League in May.
There is plenty for Real Madrid to reflect on following the loss. Firstly, all talk of winning a possible six trophies has been ended – and in the long run could be a good thing as the pressure is immediately lifted.
But boss Carlo Ancelotti has plenty to think about. The obvious question, and one that is covered in both Marca and AS, is why is he allowing Angel di Maria to be sold. The winger has the ability to take the ball past defenders and open games in a split second. Despite paying 80 million euros for James Rodriguez, he is not the same sort of player and never looked like unlocking the Atletico defence last night.
The questions remain over whether Real have enough firepower too. Karim Benzema has one goal in his last 15 appearances for Los Blancos, and it is clear the club needs to address the situation. The Frenchman needs some competition and he can’t be expected to play as the lone striker for the whole season.
Attention now switches to the opening fixture of La Liga, with Los Blancos hosting Cordoba on Monday evening.