a coronation to start the Real Madrid season?

Ahead of the resumption of the League, the winner of the last Champions League passed a good test against Frankfurt, holders of the Europa League.

In the sweetness of Helsinki, Champions League winners Real Madrid set off on Wednesday (9pm) to attack the UEFA Super Cup against Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, looking to start the season with a first trophy.

The Kylian Mbappé snub digested, Real arrive full of certainties, with their recent continental title and their promising recruits, Antonio Rüdiger and Aurélien Tchouaméni, who will play their first official match in the Madrid shirt.

The complete opposite of Eintracht, who were swept at home by Bayern Munich 6-1 on Friday in the opening of the German championship, and who will have to do without their left midfielder Filip Kostic, not retained in the group of Eintracht. for this match because he is “in talks in the process of being concluded with another club”, according to a press release from the German club that dropped on Tuesday at noon.

The Serbian Eintracht star has reached a pre-agreement with Juventus Turin, according to the press, and is just waiting for the two clubs to agree on the amount of the transfer fees (Kostic is still contracted until June 2023), the amount. about fifteen million euros.

On Friday, during the correction received against Bayern, Kostic sent the fans a strong greeting … maybe final.

A consecration for history

In Madrid, on the other hand, this Super Cup is seen as an opportunity to start the season with a first title, four days before the first day of the championship in Almeria.

Real are coming off a strong summer tour of the United States, with a narrow defeat against Barça (1-0), a 2-2 draw against Club America and a 2-0 win against Juve. If crowned, Carlo Ancelotti will become the first coach in history to accumulate four European Super Cups.

Karim Benzema could surpass Raúl’s 323 goals in the Merengue shirt and become the only second-highest goalscorer in the club’s history. The French striker could also equal the 23 titles of the legend Paco Gento, and take a step closer to the Ballon d’Or, which already seems to be coming to him two months before the ceremony (October 17). And this trophy would be the 98th of the great cabinet of Real, the most successful club in the world, ahead of Barça’s 96.

Challenge for UEFA

This European Super Cup will also present a new challenge for UEFA: after the excesses that marred the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on May 28, the body that manages European football knows that the football planet will have its eyes. fixed in it and in the small Olympic stadium in Helsinki (36,000 seats).

Especially since German fans are known to turn out en masse, as during the Europa League final in Seville on May 18, won on penalties (1-1, 5-4 penalties against Glasgow Rangers), where they had flocked over 50,000 Eagles fans.

A month earlier, 30,000 German fans had flocked to Camp Nou to watch their team defeat FC Barcelona 3-2 in the second leg of the quarter-finals. It will also be the first appearance of semi-automated offside technology, which UEFA will install in the Champions League from September.

A promising first big football celebration of the season in Helsinki, between two teams who have vivid memories of their last official meeting: in the C1 final in May 1960, the “White House” had crushed Eintracht 7-3 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, starting his legend.

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