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 forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.