The Helsinki Olympic Stadium will witness the UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid take on the Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt on the 10th of August in the UEFA Super Cup.
The Super Cup clash will be Los Blancos’ first competitive game after the Champions League final in Paris and also provides them with their first chance of claiming silverware this season.
This would imply that Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger would likely have to wait until the start of the La Liga campaign to make their full competitive debuts.
The manager’s decision is understandable because the new signings were not a part of the squad that overcame all odds to win the Champions League. It would only be just to reward the same core of players with an opportunity to double their European success.
One could expect the veteran trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro to feature against Eintracht Frankfurt in midfield, with the combination of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde deployed in the final third.
In defence, the manager will likely bench Rudiger for a David Alaba-Eder Militao partnership in the centre. The outfield will be completed by Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal at left-back and right-back respectively.
The new signings could come on as substitutes on the night, but their participation is not confirmed. If the manager decides against using them at all, they will have to wait until August 14th to make their debut when Real Madrid take on Almeria in La Liga.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.