The first trophy of the upcoming campaign is up for grabs as 10-time Champions League winners Real Madrid take on their fellow La Liga outfit Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday. The UEFA Super Cup is played between the Champions League champions and Europa Cup winners, in this case, Real Madrid and Sevilla FC respectively.
Los Blancos arrive in Wales on the back of a poor pre-season tour in the USA, where they lost to Inter Milan, AS Roma and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti will be buoyed by the availability of top stars, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale along with summer signings James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas. This tournament will be the competitive debut for Rodriguez, Kroos and possibly Navas as well.
Welsh forward Bale will be one of the expected starters for Real Madrid as the 55-year-old Ancelotti will be desperate to maintain the flow of trophies given the arrivals of three players worth nearly €120 million. Sevilla on the
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
Live coverage in India is on Ten Action, Ten Sports and Ten HD with the game scheduled to begin at 12:15 am.
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao; Luka Modric, Toni Kroos; Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema.
Sevilla: Beto; Coke, Federico Fazio,Nicolas Pareja, Alberto Moreno; Daniel Carrico, Grzegorz Krychowiak; Jose Antonio Reyes, Denis Suarez, Vitolo; Carlos Bacca.