Supercopa de Espana Finals : Real Madrid vs Bilbao

Supercopa de Espana, a week worth of football conducted in Saudi Arabia has reached its grand finale. The full focus of both the teams reaching the final is getting some silverware to their clubs and ultimately getting the glory. And what can be better for the final, is Spain’s oldest of all final rivalries. It is Real Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao facing each other at King Fahd Stadium on a very pleasant evening with fans cheering with their best-selected view. So, here we are to tell you what can happen and what the analysis of this huge Supercopa final is.

Why should you watch it?

Athletic facing Real Madrid has its own history and it was called El Viejo Clasico or the Old Classic. These clubs have faced each other 238 times, out of which Real Madrid has won 119 times, and Athletic won it 75 times with 44 drawn fixtures. Real Madrid has more stability under Carlo Ancelotti, who has more win percentage managing Los Blancos overall. They have lost just once of the last 5 games played against Bilbao. But in the finals, Athletic Club has an upper hand against Real Madrid. In 8 finals, Athletic Club has won 6 of them, Real Madrid has just won 2. The last time they faced, Real Madrid won 2-1 with 3 early goals and a superb display of defense and physical play.

Real Madrid

Though this team has its consistency at its peak, there are some issues with defense. Against FC Barcelona in the Supercopa Semi-Finals, there were many defensive errors and loose balls, and slackly man-marking on set pieces. Fede Valverde though produced a fantastic winner, the issues in the defense still exist and that needs working. David Alaba and Carvajal are out due to injury and COVID-19 respectively. The rest of the players have some minor injuries due to the physical play they faced in the last match.        

Form: – WLWDW

Predicted Lineup

Formation : 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: – Courtois

 Defenders: -Vazquez Militao Nacho Mendy

Midfield: – Valverde Cama Kroos

Attack: – Vazquez Benzema Vinicius

 Players to Watch out for

  • Thibaut Courtois

One of the best goalkeepers in the world right now, Thibaut “Wall-of-Madrid” Courtois is probably the eighth wonder of the world. The saves he makes every day for the Blancos are literally inhuman and only the Belgian custodian can do it so consistently. Over the years, he has saved Madrid every time when it mattered the most. With over 70 saves already, the goalie hasn’t yet let the fragilities of Madrid’s defense be exposed. His reflex and anticipatory power is one that others thrive for. In such big games, it’s always Courtois who delivers the most. Ancelotti will once again depend on him to provide a good show Vs Bilbao tonight.

Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
  • Karim Benzema

The Frenchman is in the form of his life and is on another level now for the Los Blancos. He is relieving his best form ever in his career this season in the white jersey. Across the top five leagues in Europe, he’s the player with the most G+A with 18 goals and 8assists in 22 games. His work rate on the pitch is just sensational for a player of his age. Along with that, his heading capabilities, shooting prowess, goalscoring-proficiency, and dribbling abilities make him one of the best in the business. No wonder he is always the go-to man for Ancelotti in any game. In such important games, Benzema would be eager to prove his worth yet again

Athletic Bilbao

 Los Leones are ready to take on the whites in the Supercopa final, as they defeated Atletico Madrid 2-1. The technical surprise here is, it involves a lot of physical football in their play and they scored both their goals on set pieces i.e. corners. Their attacking pace is astounding and very much accurate relating to the defensive situation of the opposition. Needless of anything special to say about this side, they are truly fierce when the day arrives. A need for silverware is always what they wanted and there is a strong chance they might get it.   

Form: – LWWDW

Predicted XI

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: – Agirrezabala;

Defenders: – De Marcos ,Yeray ,Nunez ,Balenziaga

Midfielders: – N Williams, D Garcia, Vencedor, Muniain

Attackers: –   R Garcia, I Williams

Players to watch out for

  • Iker Muniain

Munian is by far the best player for Athletic Bilbao with 2 goals and 5 assists in 17 appearances. His darting runs down the left flank, awesome crossing, and passing abilities are a threat to any defense. He will trouble the depleted Madrid defense with his defense splitting passes as well as in counter-attacks. No wonder he will be Marcelino’s main man against the Los Blancos.

Inaki Williams and Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)
Inaki Williams and Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)
  • Inaki Williams

The Spanish striker is one of the biggest attacking threats in the whole Bilbao team. He is a fox in the box and doesn’t let any chance to let away within the 18-yard box. His heading precision, shooting accuracy as well as positioning sense is appreciable. With 5 goals across the campaign so far, he will definitely be a big danger to an Alaba-less Madrid defense. He will be eager to polish his scoring boots once when his side welcomed Madrid tonight.


 Athletic Club is playing in a very favorable atmosphere, but Los Blanco doesn’t look scared. But the game promises you some passion and aggression with full entertainment. It is Supercopa De Espana, a tournament full of surprises and footballing entertainment. So, get ready for the most of the amazing football and predict your views on the legacy of Supercopa De Espana.    

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Chinmay Buva

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