Los Blancos are ready to play the first game of the season at Santiago Bernabéu stadium and see their supporters two months after. In this time, the club has won the 11th Champions League and the European Supercup trophies.
Real Madrid will face Stade de Reims at Chamartín tonight (21.30 UK time) in the Santiago Bernabéu trophy, the traditional game played in the stadium to unveil the season in front of the madridistas supporters. This time, the rival was chosen to remember the first European Cup won against the French side won in 1956 4-3 with goals scored by Di Stéfano, Rial and Marquitos.
Santiago Bernabéu Trophy is a friendly game host by Real Madrid and, usually, this is the first time the supporters can see their favourite players in their stadium. The trophy had a long tradition but in recent years the game wasn’t played due to the tight calendar.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe or Fabio Coentrao will miss the game as they are still training on their own. All three arrived late from their holidays and they are not expected to play in the trophy. Coentrao needs still some time to recover from his injury, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo should be ready in some days after getting injured in the Euro final.
Karim Benzema will also miss the game. The French player didn’t train yesterday as he’s still having problems after forcing himself to play the European Supercup. Good news are that both Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos will play their first minutes in the pre-season.
Usually this game is used to unveil the new players to the supporters. Galácticos signings played their first minutes with the Real Madrid t-shirt in the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy. However, this year Marco Asensio and Álvaro Morata are the only two new faces in the squad and both played in the past for the team. No matter that, it will be a night to enjoy at Santiago Bernabéu stadium.