PREVIEW: Lopetegui Seek His First Title in the European Supercup

PREVIEW: Lopetegui Seek His First Title in the European Supercup

Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoringduring the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on February 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid players are already in Tallin (Estonia) to try to win the first title of the year. They will face Atlético Madrid on Wednesday 15th of August in the final (21:00, CET) of the European Supercup. It will be the first time that two teams of the same city play this important trophy in August. Julen Lopetegui has his first important test as Real Madrid manager against Cholo Simeone, one of the best managers in Europe.

The pre-season friendlies give some optimism to the squad. Los Blancos lost against Manchester United in the first test of the summer, but beat Roma, Juventus and Milan in the other three friendly games. Besides, the team has played good minutes and we could see Gareth Bale as the new leader of the club. Hopefully, we can see the same performance on Wednesday to bring the new trophy home.

Los Blancos beat Sevilla last year in the trophy, as they did in 2015, so they are looking forward to winning the fifth European Supercup of the history, the same trophies won by FC Barcelona and Milan, leaders in this competition. Atlético Madrid have won the two Supercups played, and they have signed very good players, so it will be a very tough game.

The “Rojiblancos” arrive to Estonia with one of the best squads in their history. The signings of Gelson Martins, Thomas Lemar or Rodri made them stronger, especially when Antoine Griezmann announced that he stayed in the Spanish capital. Together with Diego Costa, Saúl or Koke, Atlético Madrid have a really strong squad and they will fight for all the titles this season.

On the other hand, Los Blancos have only signed Odriozola and Courtois, at least to compete with the current players. The right back is injured, so he won’t play his first official game with Real Madrid and Carvajal will be the defender. On the other hand, Keylor Navas should start in the goal, as a prize for winning the Champions League last year. Jesús Vallejo is also injured and we will have to wait to see if Modric would start the game, because he joined the trainings later than his colleagues.