“Tonight Tallinn will host Real Madrid’s first game from the “without Ronaldo” era.
For the third time in the last four years, the “ballet” will cross swords with Atletico fellow for Eurotop – the SuperCup of Europe. In fact, it has long been under a Spanish yoke. Since 2014, no team from another country has been able to break the Iberian domination.
Now is really hard to imagine the Madrid derby without SR7. For 10 years Cristiano has scored 22 times in the duel Real – Atletico. He also made it to the two Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016 when Madrid became the capital of world football – once in extra time and once in penalty shoot-outs.
Real finished last season with impressive 94 goals. Atletico received only 22 in the Primera Division and for the third time was No. 1 in the defense. For the tenth time in the last 4 years, the two grandchildren meet against each other in Europe. Real is in transformation. There is no Ronaldo, there is not Zinedine Zidane on the bridge. The new coach Jullen Lopetegui gave Gareth Bale leadership and in the controls the Welshman did not stop scoring.
Quite different is the situation in Atletico. Diego Simeone is probably the most rugged coach in the last decade in world football. And this season they also gave him money for a serious selection. He first convinced Antoine Grizzman to refuse Barcelona, and then led Thomas Lemar of Monaco for € 70 million. Simeone also changed the terrifying statistics in the Madrid duel. Before his time, Atletico did not win for 20 years. However, from the last 10 matches in Primera, the “mats” have 4 wins and only one defeat against Real. Thus the scales leaned toward “red and white”. In addition, Atletico in both Champions League finals was not given in the regular time.
What will happen now is to be understood in the match starting at 22:00.
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