Tchoumeni and Rudiger will have to wait: Ancelotti rehearses for UEFA Super Cup with Champions League final XI
Real Madrid trained for the last time before facing Juventus this Saturday and the full squad was available for the occasion, allowing Carlo Ancelotti to try out as much as he wants.
Real Madrid in the 2022 Champions League final against Liverpool.ÁNGEL RIVERO
He is working with a line-up that will be very similar to Saturday’s and the 10 August in Helsinki: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Fede Valverde, Benzema and Vinicius.
In other words, the team from the Champions League final in Paris.
Without the bibs they were: Lucas Canizares (taking turns with Luis as Lunin did with Courtois); Lucas Vazquez, Rudiger, Nacho, Vallejo; Tchouameni, Camavinga, Ceballos; Asensio, Hazard and Rodrygo. Tobias, Mayoral, Latasa and Mariano were the substitutes.
Few coaches, perhaps none, manage the internal codes of a dressing room like Carlo Ancelotti.
Aided by his past as a player and supported by a career as long as it has been successful, the Italian has mastered the management of his squad to reduce the risk of discontent as much as possible.
With the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki on 10 August in mind, the line-up will, barring major problems, be that of the Champions League final, the 14th in Paris.
Carletto already anticipated on Tuesday, in the post-match against America of Mexico (2-2), his intentions for the match against Eintracht Frankfurt for the first title of the season, which for him is the last of the previous one…
“The 11 is going to be more like last year’s, because it’s a tournament for winning the Champions League and that has to be taken into account and it means closing the season. We have to finish the season by winning the Super Cup. The team is going to look like the one we put out on Saturday”, explained the coach in his appearance before the media.
Ancelotti could repeat, from goalkeeper to striker, those he chose in France to lift the club’s 14th European Cup.
Courtois showed in El Clasico that he has not lost an ounce of form, Carvajal has recovered from his ankle injury, as has Mendy from his discomfort, while the centre-back pairing is fit.
The signings, further down the line
With this picture, the turn of the new signings, Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, will be slightly delayed.
Both made their debuts as starters in the Clasico in Las Vegas against Barcelona (0-1), the German, curiously, as a left-back.
The former Chelsea man was also in the starting eleven for the second game, this time at right centre-back.
Tchouameni came on after the break and was more adventurous on the ball. In the Super Cup, they will be a Plan B of luxury and guarantees.
As for this last training session, the fans were once again warmly awaiting their idols, who were continually acclaimed during their stay in California.
Ancelotti and Courtois, whose partner did not miss any detail of their evolution from the sidelines. Former goalkeeper Jorge Campos did not miss out either.
Also present, without Florentino Pérez, were two of Real Madrid’s top officials.
Jose Angel Sánchez and Juni Calafat, busy with the market, checked on the players as they chatted.