Zinedine Zidane had a great problem to face in the European Supercup. Most of the stars couldn’t play the game because they were either injured or with lack of training sessions. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos or Pepe didn’t travel to Norway. Besides, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema stayed in the bench because both weren’t ready to play.
Zidane gave the opportunity to the youngsters and most of the team came from Castilla -the second Real Madrid team. Zidane was the coach of some of these players in the second team, so he knows very well their skills and performance.
Therefore, most of the players who won the European Supercup were Spanish, something rare in the recent history of the club. Casilla, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Isco, Asensio, Lucas Vázquez or Álvaro Morata played from the beginning in the team. Actually, all of them took a picture in the pitch with the trophy showing the Spanish power in the European Supercup.
One example of how they earned a place in the squad is Daniel Carvajal. He’s from Madrid, played as a youngster in the club but left the club to sign for Bayer Leverkusen. Carvajal did a great season in Germany and Real Madrid executed the clause. Despite having Danilo as a competitor, the Spaniard has shown he’s better than his team mate and has won a place in the initial team.
It’s going to be very complicated to see all these Spanish players again in La Liga. When Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo or Bale come back to the team, Morata, Lucas Vázquez or Asensio will leave space for them. Same applies for Casilla when Keylor Navas is recovered from his surgery. However, these are really good news for Zidane, who can choose among a great number of players when his stars are out.