Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior have received a special award from UEFA ahead of their Super Cup clash with Frankfurt.
The Whites will face the German side in the UEFA Super Cup final in Helsinki. Both are keen to claim their first bragging rights of the season.
Benzema was named best player of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League season, while Vinicius was named best young player in the same competition. Both Benzema and Vinicius played key roles in Madrid’s victory in Europe.
The Frenchman scored 15 goals and 2 assists, while the Brazilian winger had 4 goals and 7 assists. Vinicius joined the club in 2018 from Brazilian club Flamengo. The 22-year-old starred alongside Benzema this season as the Spanish giants won La Liga and Champions league.
The UEFA Super Final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt will host a piece of history. Semi-automated offside technology will be used in the final between the winner of the UEFA Champions League and the winner of the UEFA Europa League in Helsinki. According to FIFA’s website, the technology will speed the time it takes to make an offside decision.
Real Madrid’s coach Carlo Ancelotti made history
Carlo Ancelotti made history by winning the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki. He defeated Eintracht Frankfurt to become the first manager in history to win four titles. The Italian is undefeated in the UEFA Super Cup and as a manager, he has won it four times.
His first two matches were with Milan against Porto in 2003 and Sevilla in 2007, both of which took place in Monaco. He took charge of our team and achieved the same results. Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 in Cardiff in his 2014 and Eintracht in Helsinki 2-0. Ancelotti also won his 1990 UEFA Super Cup as a Milan player.
“We had difficulties at the beginning. But we didn’t lose patience and were in control after the first goal,” stated the manager, Ancelotti to streaming portal DAZN.
“We have a lot of confidence. We weren’t spectacular but solid. We can find the right opportunities to be efficient up front.”
Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti became the tournament’s most successful coach with four titles, one more than Pep Guardiola, and advanced further than the Spaniard with five titles as a coach and player.
Real won the European season opener in the Finnish capital for the fifth time, leveling shoulders with AC Milan and Barcelona.
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