Real Madrid have the chance to get their hands on their first trophy of the 2021/22 campaign this evening, when they take on Athletic in the Spanish Super Cup final at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyahd (7:30pm CEST). Ancelotti's men will be hoping to lift the trophy for the twelfth time in the club's history.
Madrid booked a place in the showpiece event with a deserved win in Wednesday's Clásico clash with Barcelona in the semifinal. Goals for Vini Jr., Benzema and Valverde were enough for the Whites, the latter proving decisive once again, as he was in the 2020 final, to ensure our team will fight for the cup against Athletic. Meanwhile, Marcelino's side knocked out Atlético de Madrid with an impressive late comeback.
Video.All eyes on Spanish Super Cup success
“Being back in a final is always special, even more so at the helm of Real Madrid”, said Ancelotti in the pre-match press conference. The madridista shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois also spoke to the press, saying: "We're hungry to win the Super Cup". Carvajal will miss out after testing positive for COVID-19.
Third successive meeting
Following a mix of postponed games and fixtures which have been brought forward, the calendar has seen Real Madrid and Athletic cross paths for the third time inside one and a half months. The madridistas have come out on top in the two previous encounters (1-0 and 1-2). All three of the Whites' goals have come courtesy of Karim Benzema, who has hit 23 so far this season and will be hoping to extend his incredible run tonight and fire the team to the title in Riyadh.