Real Madrid received 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt to add every other piece of European silverware to their cupboard after claiming the Champions League last in May.
Carlo Ancelotti picked a veteran beginning XI for the fixture in Helsinki, leaving younger French midfielders Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out of his line-up in favour of the battle-tested trio Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos. He additionally saved new centre-back Antonio Rudiger on the bench.
The manager’s historical defend have been the catalysts in the victory: Alaba and Benzema scored, whilst Casemiro may have been the first-rate participant on the pitch. If it’s now not broken, don’t strive to restoration it.
The Blancos now begin their La Liga title defence and will eye any other Champions League crown, having little motive to doubt that they can run it all lower back again.
OK, his intention was once a tap-in set up by means of Karim Benzema and Casemiro prevailing consecutive headers from a corner. Can’t provide him too plenty credit score there.
But his strong all-round effort, which blanketed splendid distribution from the again with his candy left foot, will make it hard for Ancelotti to justify shedding him for Rudiger. There are very few centre-backs in the world who can pull off the over-the-top passes he executed on Wednesday. He’s a breaker of defences in a crew that already boasts world-class passers Kroos and Modric, making the Blancos so hard to sluggish down.
Alaba has been a hit at Real Madrid because becoming a member of on a free switch remaining summer. His impact goes past the pitch – possibly his most memorable second to date got here from the bench, chair inexplicably in hand.
Now in his 2d campaign, he can develop his hero fame at the Santiago Bernabeu even further.
Brilliant overall performance from the Brazilian in all sides of the game. He defended well, exceeded properly and was once extra aggressive in assault than usual.
Every champion desires a participant like Casemiro to succeed. The club’s promising younger midfielders would do properly to comply with his lead.
The striker is by some means nonetheless in the goalscoring structure of his life. It’s unbelievable. Again, he wasn’t usually great concerned in build-up play, however when the ball is close to him in the field it is typically over for the opposition. He scored Real Madrid’s 2nd to put the in shape past Frankfurt, capitalising on a quality omit from Vinicius Junior.
Unfair to name every person a loser in a triumphing effort like this, however Rudiger will be disenchanted at now not making the beginning line-up in a plausible indication of Real Madrid’s pecking order to start the season. There’s nonetheless masses of time, of course, however he did not come to Spain to take a seat on the bench.
Frankfurt’s goalkeeper used to be caught in a horrific role on Alaba’s opener into an uncontested net, and regardless of a couple of high-quality saves otherwise, he might also be a bit annoyed with himself.