Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid gets it first test

That the last three Rojiblanco goals tonight were all laid on by substitutes was a sign that, even though this was "just" the Super Cup, Diego Simeone's side can now claim to be top dogs in the Spanish capital.

The winger has registered six assists against Atletico down the years, including one in the 2015-16 Champions League final and one in the most recent meeting between the two sides, but he has generally found things more hard against La Rojiblancos.

Gareth Bale's stunning overhead kick in the Champions League final has been overlooked in a goal of the season poll conducted by UEFA.

While the Catalans are presenting a settled side, strengthened in the right places, Real Madrid seem to be significantly weaker having lost Cristiano Ronaldo as well as coach Zinedine Zidane.

The 43rd edition of the UEFA Super Cup, will see clubs from the same city play each other for the first time. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m.

Instead, he will watch the game from the sidelines in Tallinn, Estonia before likely making his first bow for the 13-time European champions against Getafe in La Liga next week.

Diego Costa gave Europa League holders Atletico a dream start against Champions League winners Real by firing them ahead after 49 seconds, knocking down a long pass and smashing the ball into the net from a tight angle.

Defender Ramos, the scourge of Atletico Madrid in recent years, stepped up and sent Oblak the wrong way.

Antoine Griezmann has been named one of Atletico Madrid's four captains following the departure of Gabi.

"Losing Ronaldo was hard, but no player is above Real Madrid and we still have the hunger to improve and win more titles".

  • Rosalie Stanley