Match preview: Real Madrid vs Atlético

The first leg of the Spanish Super Cup

Juanfran and Ronaldo will tussle tonight (pic: reuters)

Juanfran and Ronaldo will tussle tonight (pic: reuters)

Not three months since their Champions League showdown at the Estadio da Luz, Atlético Madrid must again take on their bitter rivals Real Madrid, again for a piece of silverware, as the 2014/15 season opens with the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Tuesday.

Runners up last year to Barcelona, Atleti will be hoping to avoid a similar result over the two legs and claim a trophy they have only ever once won – back in 1984.

The omens look good for Atlético – the trophy has been won in each of the last six years by the reigning Liga champions – but Real Madrid go into the game after an impressive win against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.

There will be two very different sides that line up to those we saw at Lisbon back in May – some changed more than others.

Diego Costa and David Villa have both departed Spain, to London and New York respectively, and with Arda Turan suspended, it’s a completely different attacking trio for Atleti.

Mario Manzdukic, Antoine Griezmann and Raul Jimenez are all in line to make their competitive debuts for Atlético – and the focus will be on the counter attack as Real are likely to pile on the pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu.

There will be a new face in goal too, with Jan Oblak brought in from Benfica to compete with Miguel Angel Moya from Getafe.

Real will have some debutants too, both are on the back of fantastic World Cup campaigns. James Rodriguez signed from Monaco for a reported €80 million, while Kroos was a bargain from Bayern at just €25 million. Both are due to make their home bow, but new signing Keylor Navas is expected to sit on the bench and watch Casillas in goal for Real.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start after his UEFA Super Cup winning performance, while Gareth Bale and Pepe are doubts after sitting out training over the last couple of days. It’s likely that Varane and Isco will replace to two injured men.

It will be a very tight game, and Mario Suarez agrees.

“On Tuesday we are playing for an important title against our eternal rivals and we will face it as we always do. We want to win and everybody knows that,” said Suarez.

“It will be very difficult. The two teams know each other very well and it will be a great, hard-fought game as all derbies are.

“We know that the team that commits the fewest errors and is more concentrated across the 180 minutes will be the one with most chance of winning the trophy.”

Kick-off is at 23:00 CET.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Supercopa de Espana has started in 1982, and Atleti won their only title in 1985, they were 1984 Copa del Rey Champions, and they played against La Liga Champions Barcelona, wining the first leg at Calderon 3-1 and losing the second in Camp Nou 0-1
    and our coach back then was the legendary Luis Aragones

    BUT there was another trophy that used to be held between La Liga Champions & Copa del Rey Champions, but under other names :
    Copa de Campeones, then Copa Presidente EFE, then Copa de Oro Argentina and finally Copa Eva Durate (first lady of Argentina, better known as Eve Peron)

    8 editions of this competition were played between 1940 and 1953, but 10 trophies were awarded as Barcelona received it automatically in 1952 and 1953 for wining Liga-Copa double

    and that’s why we can read in many sources that Atleti have 4 Spanish Super Cups,
    but officially it’s just one, RFEF don’t recognize the first 10 titles between 1940 & 1953

    I don’t know why, since it was played between the Champions of La Liga & Champions of La Copa and in two legs, just like now
    But if I have to take a guess, I would say it’s because of those 10 titles, Barca won 4 and Atleti won 3, while Real Madrid only won one.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Anxious to see how we will fare in today’s game, not a bad feeling just nervous as i always am

  • Farzad Imanpour

    we are the best and today we will winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • Brad

    And we’re off!

  • Brad

    Side note: our kits are too white…

  • Brad

    HT 0-0

    Ancelotti and RM mad about anything, everything and nothing as usual.

    Bale has taken his primadonna and fashion cues from Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a generally grumpy face even when he elbows someone to the ground while sporting a fetching women’s hairband to keep his locks out of his face.

  • Meursault

    Mandzukic is a replacement for Courtois in Corner kick defense.

  • Brad

    And he’s not even allowed to use his hands!

  • Brad

    Saúl out Greizmann in

  • Kris

    Golcia again!!

  • Brad

    Goooooooooooooal Raúl García!! 1-1

  • Brad

    1-1 FT

    Everything left up for grabs this Friday on the banks of the Manzanares!

    ¡Aupa Atleti!

  • Guest

    They’re dirty white, I would say.

  • Chewie

    Only RG8 can play 88 minutes as a complete piece of shit and then do nothing but stretch his leg and score the equalizer. This man is a magnet.

  • Meursault

    A good result. Atleti wanted it.

  • Ash

    that’s a piece of great comment.