5 Things We Learned From the Second Leg of the Spanish Super Cup

5 Things We Learned From the Second Leg of the Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid - Supercopa: First Leg
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With Atletico Madrid having the slight advantage with the away goal, the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup had everything left for both sides. The match was hotly contested by both sides with a number of controversial calls. In the end, Atletico would win the cup with a 2-1 aggregate. Here is a list of five things to take away from today’s game.

5. Importance of Di Maria in the Real Madrid midfield

Angel Di Maria: Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid  - Supercopa: First Leg
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5. Importance of Di Maria in the Real Madrid midfield

Angel Di Maria: Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid  - Supercopa: First Leg
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With James Rodriguez starting in the place of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, it was clear that the Colombian international prefers to drift in the middle under the primary striker. Rodriguez’s preference to drift in the middle would leave the left wing open with Fabio Coentrao the only man to beat. The Argentine’s ability to slot into the left was valuable all last season.

4. Real Madrid looks better playing the 4-3-3

Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Xabi Alonso: Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid  - Supercopa: First Leg
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4. Real Madrid looks better playing the 4-3-3

Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Xabi Alonso: Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid  - Supercopa: First Leg
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti tried to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez by trying the 4-2-3-1 in the second-half of the match. It seemed clear that the 4-3-3 formation brought more stability for the Real Madrid eleven. Ancelotti will have the unenviable task of accommodating all of his stars throughout the season.

3. Mandzukic is lethal

Mario Mandzukic and Raphael Varane: Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid - Supercopa: Second Leg
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3. Mandzukic is lethal

Mario Mandzukic and Raphael Varane: Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid - Supercopa: Second Leg
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It is a wonder why Mandzukic was ever allowed to leave Bayern Munich. The Croatian striker was absolutely clinical as soon as he was called upon to put the Vincente Calderon side ahead in the second minute. The former Bayern Munich forward is the next great Atletico Madrid striker and it will be exciting to see what he does in the coming season.

2. Diego Simeone needs to calm down

Diego Simeone rage: Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
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2. Diego Simeone needs to calm down

Diego Simeone rage: Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
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Diego Simeone was again seen fuming and harassing the fourth official. The Atletico Madrid boss was thrown out of the game for his petulance. In the second half, Simeone was seen barking orders from the stands. Simeone should learn to calm down so he can be available on the stands to help his team.

1. Varane’s inexperience

Mario Mandzukic and Raphael Varane: Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid - Supercopa: Second Leg
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1. Varane’s inexperience

Mario Mandzukic and Raphael Varane: Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid - Supercopa: Second Leg
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The French international is definitely a world-class talent. Varane’s failure to properly clear the ball in the beginning of the first-half showed his inexperience. The Real Madrid defender should be given more game time to develop, but Pepe and Ramos should still be the first-choice center-backs.

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