Excellent Goals Expected In UEFA Super Cup

A preview of what to expect in the UEFA Super Cup

Real Madrid and Frankfurt will step on the turf of the Olympic stadium in Helsinki tonight for the UEFA Super Cup. They will be gunning for a chance to win the first European title on offer this season.

For both teams, last season was a success. And it was not just because they won the Champions League and the Europa League titles respectively. It was that barely anyone expected they would. Perhaps, even they could only have dreamt about it themselves.

There was Marcelo raising the big-eared trophy aloft, laughing hysterically, alongside his teammates. They had just defeated Liverpool 1-0 in Paris to win a 14th UCL.

Real defied logic in the UCL last season

Even then, the final was not even as dramatic as the other knockout matches leading up to it.

But Karim Benzema was in inspirational form, scoring a hat-trick and overturning a 2-goal deficit in 17 minutes against PSG in the round of 16.

With four minutes separating Los Blancos from elimination in the quarterfinal, Rodrygo equalised the aggregate score. Benzema finished off the tie in extra time.

In the semi-final, Carlo Ancelotti’s men scored two goals in less than a minute against Manchester City to force extra time. The French forward then made sure of progress with a penalty.

And if many had not noticed Frankfurt in the group stage, after their 3-2 win at Camp Nou in the quarterfinal, the signs had become obvious.

A more comfortable win in both legs against West Ham in the semi-final guaranteed a spot against Rangers.

The Bundesliga side did just about enough, coming from a goal down to force penalties. They did eventually secure the title for the first time in 42 years.

Now, in Finland, both teams will be keen to add this to the collection.

What To Expect

The La Liga giants, by all indications, are the favourites to win this encounter. And yet, Frankfurt will take confidence from their win last season against rivals, Barcelona.

Ancelotti has repeatedly confirmed that his team can play on the break as much as dominate the play.

Tonight, the Italian boss, who is the Champions league’s most successful manager might yet adopt that approach. This is, by every means, logical, due to his team’s inability to press high. Luka Modric, Benzema and Toni Kroos with a combined age of 104 do not have the physical strength to close down spaces aggressively.

The addition of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni means they have enough armour to stop the attack of the Germans. Federico Valverde might also be required to replicate his performance against Liverpool, too.

Benzema and Vinicius will fancy their chances in attack. The pair was mostly telepathic in operation, fashioning chances for each other last season. And if the forward hits anything close to his last season form, then it is fair to expect goals.

Frankfurt is already missing the services of Filip Costic who is seemingly on his way out. However, the signing of Mario Gotze might prove important. Oliver Glasner will also count on Angsnar Knauff to create chances from the wings.

Frankfurt will need a perfect display to win the Super Cup

There certainly will be goals in this tie. Real Madrid should do just about enough to nick a fourth Super Cup title.

Prediction: Real Madrid win and over 1.5 goals