Ancelotti sees the Sextete as possible. “I don’t know if we’ll make it, because it’s very complicated, but the squad is very good and I have enormous confidence in it,” he acknowledged at the previous press conference on Tuesday in Helsinki. The Reggiolo coach has everyone available and this adds variants to his possible eleven. However, it seems clear that the elect are recited from memory. “You have to take into account those who won the Champions League… It’s really a continuation of last season, we really want to close it with this title”he explained during his stay in Los Angeles.
The Italian slipped on several occasions that against Juve, the last rehearsal of the preseason, he would test the line-up that was on his mind for the Super Cup on Wednesday. The mystery was quickly cleared up: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema and Vinicius. The headlines in Saint-Dennis were in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and they aim to be in the Olympic Stadium in the Finnish capital as well.
The signings of Rüdiger and Tchouameni or the growth of Rodrygo raised doubts when the summer dawned, but Carletto was giving answers as July progressed. The German defender was aiming to move Alaba to the left back and Mendy to the bench, but after the Las Vegas Classic it became clear that Ancelotti was not in the business of unpairing Militao and Alaba. In fact, although the former Chelsea player was released as ‘3’, “it is clear that the owner is Mendy”. Meanwhile, Tchouameni, signed as heir to Casemiro, will have to continue breaking stone to scratch minutes for the Brazilian and, a priori, he will also have to wait on the bench for his opportunity to officially debut with his new team.
In the attack trident, Benzema and Vinicius are non-negotiable, while Valverde’s versatility has placed Halcón as the leader in Ancelotti’s order of preference for the big nights. His lungs and ability to support on the side, in the center of the field and in the attacking front make Fede have more chances than anyone to occupy the ‘8’ lane against Eintracht. Rodrygo is the main alternative and his challenge begins against Eintracht: earn the title of starter based on effervescent performances.
Opposite will be a Frankfurt team that arrives more grounded, although with two setbacks that blur their context. ‘The Eagles’ fell resoundingly (1-6) in their debut in the Bundesliga against Bayern and they will not have their star from last year. And it is that, Filip Kostic is one step away from signing for Juve and has not entered the call.
In this way, the eleven that is expected by Oliver Glasner is the following: trapp; Toure, Tuta, Ndicka; Knauff, Sow, Rode, Lenz; Götze, Lucas Borré; and Kolo Muani.
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Possible alignment of Real Madrid against Eintracht in the European Super Cup