CARDIFF, Wales (SportingAlert) — Real Madrid completed their final session at Cardiff City Stadium and manager Carlo Ancelotti will field a strong team for the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on Tuesday.
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This means that new summer signing Toni Kroos and James Rodríguez, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will all start the game, as Ancelotti seeks to win his first trophy of the new season.
“The team is ready to play the match at full throttle,” Ancelotti said at his press conference. “But it won’t be easy because we’re playing against a team that really hurt us last year and they have spent time preparing for this match.”
He added: “Cristiano Ronaldo is fine. He has no issues and has done everything he needed to in order to be fit to play tomorrow.
“The problem he had is more than behind him and I think he will start the season really well.”
World Cup starts Kroos and Rodríguez, who got extended time off, following their impressive World Cup showing, will make their debuts for the Champions League title holders.
“They will play from the start,” the Real Madrid boss said. “Kroos is going to help us because he is very good tactically.
“James is an excellent player. He is very strong and runs a lot. He can play up front or as an attacking midfielder.
“I’m happy with the signings because the quality of the team has improved. Without a doubt.”
Sevilla are just as excited to play for the first title of the 2014-15 season and are not being phased by the number of superstars in the Real Madrid squad.
However, the UEFA Europa League champions know that they must be close to “perfect” if they are to upset Real Madrid.
“We have to produce a complete game, we have to win every action, every tackle, we have to be strong defensively and in attack too,” Sevilla captain Federico Fazio said. “We have to produce a near-perfect game.”
Goalkeeper Beto added: “Madrid will always be favourites and the odds are with them but as we’ve already beaten them before [2-1 in Seville last season], we believe that we can do it again.”