NEWS | 14/08/2018 | Alberto NavarroThe Champions League holders go in search of their first piece of silverware of the season in Tallinn against the Europa League winners (9pm CEST).
The Champions League holders begin the season proper just as they ended the last campaign: by contesting a final. After nearly a month of demanding pre-season work and four high-profile outings (three in the United States and the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy), Lopetegui's charges are intent on picking up another piece of silverware here. "Atlético will push us all the way and we'll have to put in a great performance. Winning silverware is part of our history and we'll be trying to lift another title", declared the Whites' coach, who has named a 29-man squad, in his pre-match press conference.
Real Madrid, who are riding a 30-game scoring streak in European games, have prevailed in the last 11 one-legged finals they've been involved in: four in the Champions League in Lisbon (2014), Milan (2016), Cardiff (2017) and Kiev (2018), three in the Club World Cup in Morocco (2014), Japan (2016) and the United Arab Emirates (2017), a trio in the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff (2014), Trondheim (2016) and Skopje (2017) and one in Copa del Rey at Mestalla (2014).
Their quest for glory sees them take on the current Europa League holders, who provided the opposition in the Champions League finals in both Lisbon and Milan. This will be Atlético's third UEFA Super Cup appearance and they're yet to taste defeat in the competition. They saw off Inter Milan in a 2-0 win in 2010, before getting the better of Chelsea in a 4-1 triumph two years later. The maiden European final to be staged in Estonia sees Tallinn play host to the first Madrid derby of the season.