Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid Spanish Super Cup 19-08-2014

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Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid - Competition: Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid team still want to arm as good as possible for the upcoming start of the Spanish Primera Division. During the preseason period los Blancos played plenty of games. Among others a great match against Manchester United at Michigan Stadium in front of more than 100.000 supporters. However Real lost that game with the score 3:1. Last week the Spaniards travelled to Poland to play against the Italian Fiorentina at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Here once again Real lost the friendly; this time 1:2. The single goal for Madrid was scored by Cristiano Ronaldo with just four minutes on the clock. On the other hand Real could win the UEFA Supercup with a solid 2:0 over Sevilla.
The owners of Real Madrid were very active in the transfer market. They have already strenghtened their club by James Rodriguez, Keylor Navas and Toni  Kroos. It is still not sure whether or not Sami Khedira and Angel di Maria will both stay at Santiago Bernabeu.
After losing Champions League Final and alsmost at the same time winning the Primera Division Atletico Madrid had very successful preseason period. They were very active in that time. Los Rojiblacos have played 7 preseason games, won 5, drew 1 and lost one. After selling Diego Costa to Chelsea London it seemed that Atletico will be having troubles with scoring goals. Quite the opposite is the case – at least so far. Without him, they scored 8 goals in the last 3 matches - 5 against Wolfburg, 1 against Cadiz and 2 against Sampdoria last Saturday. As a replacement for Diego Costa Atletico bought ex-Bayern forward, Mario Mandzukić, who is supposed to fill the gap in their offense. The club from Madrid suffered another loss with the departure, of the goalkeeper Thibaout Courtois (FC Chelsea). But it looks like Jan Oblak is handling the defence pretty well. The biggest transfer success of Diego Simeone is the fact that the core of the team, the most important players – Turan, Gabi, Koke, Tiago, Miranda, Godin – stay in Madrid. However the transfer market isn’t closed yet and Rojiblancos can still lose players as well. In this Supercup final they will definitely seek revenge for the unlucky loss against Real in the CL final last season.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Casillas – Carvajal, Pepe, S. Ramos, Marcelo – Modric, T. Kroos – Bale, J. Rodriguez, C. Ronaldo – Benzema.
Probable lineups Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Insua – Gabi, M. Suarez – Koke, Raul Garcia, Griezmann – Mandzukic.
Match date: 19 August 2014 - Kick Off Time: 22:00 BST
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid 
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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