Real Madrid v Sevilla, 2016 UEFA Super Cup preview
UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid and Europa League winners Sevilla go head-to-head in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday evening in Trondheim, Norway.
For the third consecutive season the annual season opener will be contested between two Spanish sides. Both of whom will be participating in their fifth Super Cup match. The match is also a repeat of the 2014 Super Cup which Madrid won 2-0.
The clash will be Sevilla’s first competitive game since the departure of manager Unai Emery, who guided them to three successive Europa League triumphs. Emery has since moved to Paris Saint-Germain, and has taken Sevilla central midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak with him.
Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, who took charge of Chile during their 2015 Copa America victory, is the new manager at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. His Sevilla side have won all five of their pre-season matches so far.
Real Madrid have been taking part in the International Champions Cup as part of their pre-season preparations. A 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain was followed up with a 3-2 win over Chelsea and a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.
A Chance For the New Boys
Among Sevilla’s summer signings are Brazilian midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso and Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder. The latter was brought in to replace Kevin Gameiro, now at Atletico Madrid.
Argentine duo Matias Kranevitter and Luciano Vietto have also joined the club on loan from Atletico Madrid. Along with Sampdoria midfielder Joaquin Correa. The new boys will be looking to impress their new manager ahead of the upcoming La Liga season, with starting line-up spots up for grabs.
Ronaldo Set To Miss Out
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will be without captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who picked up an injury during the Euro 2016 final. Ronaldo scored both of the goals when the two sides met in Cardiff for the 2014 edition of the Super Cup.
Pepe, Toni Kroos, and Gareth Bale are also set to miss out due to a lack of fitness following their Euro 2016 participation. Alvaro Morata, who scored 3 goals for Spain at the Championships, has re-signed for Madrid after Los Blancos activated his €30 million buy-back clause.
Morata is set to start up front for the match with Karim Benzema still a fitness doubt.
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