Real Madrid have won their sixth trophy under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane and it was at the hands of Manchester United this time as the team were able to dominate a lot of parts during the match and come out with the win on a hot night in Skopje, Macedonia.
You cannot blame some Madridistas for hoping to see the new signings but all hope was gone as Zidane went with a strong eleven and the only new signing called up was Theo Hernandez, who was on the bench. The starting eleven consisted of:
Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrid, Isco, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema
Real Madrid –
Carlos Casemiro (24′)
Manchester United –
Romelu Lukaku (62′)
The jury was still out on Gareth Bale before the game started as the media also suggested that he is no longer “non-trasferable”. He started the match and, unfortunately, didn’t do enough to convince the fans nor the media otherwise. He started off quite poorly but, to his credit, he slowly got into the game and had a few good moments including a close shot that found the crossbar. There is no denying his skills or his capabilities but he will need to find that form again as soon as possible if he wants to get a break from the media pressure surrounding him.
The man-of-the-match award was given to Isco and no one can really argue against that. He ended last season very strong and continued his brilliant form once again against Manchester United. The Spaniard was given the role to roam freely and he did so perfectly while causing countless problems for the Red Devils. The cherry on top was him admitting that a contract renewal has not happened yet but it is extremely close to being finalized.
Overall, We Can Be Pleased:
Did Real Madrid play the perfect game last night? No. Having said that, they showed their quality and Zinedine Zidane has shown that he is capable of finding the correct formula to win finals. This was not the most important trophy that this season will offer but it will definitely prove to be a massive morale boost after a poor preseason and ahead of the Supercopa. Real Madrid were the deserved winners even though they had some portions of the game where they seemed a little tired or lost concentration.
In the UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus, Carlos Casemiro scored a goal to give Real Madrid some breathing room and he scored once again to give Los Merengues the lead last night. The Brazilian midfielder had a great match and his decision-making seems to have improved drastically over the past few months. With Marcos Llorente in the team to be his backup, it looks like he is making it very tough for the young Spaniard to get minutes.
A Few Pictures of the Night: