Spanish giants, Real Madrid are Champions of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup after defeating English Premier League side, Manchester United 2-1.
Casemiro’s borderline offside strike put Madrid ahead on the 24th minute before Isco doubled the lead for the double Champions League holders’ on the 52nd minute to make the game 2-0.
However, United pulled one back when Keylor Navas spilled Nemanja Matic’s 20-yard strike and Romelu Lukaku knocked home the rebound on the 62nd minute.
The Jose Mourinho led side pressed for a late equaliser while Casemiro and Bale also hit the crossbar as the game ended 2-1 making the Los Blancos to win the UEFA Super Cup back to back after they clinched the Champions before the end of the 2016/2017 season.
We are hungry for more – Zinedine Zidane
Speaking after the game, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane said his team “remains hungry” after they added a sixth trophy during his less than two years reign.
In his words: “We did very good work, again,” Zidane said. “Our first half was spectacular. The second we suffered a bit, but that is normal. We have won another important trophy and begun the season well.
“This is a team with talent and quality, but behind them there are people who work very hard too. It is a team which remains hungry.”
We were the more better team – Sergio Ramos
Real captain Sergio Ramos also spoke on BeIn Sports, admitting the team had suffered a bit late on when the Red Devils went more direct, adding that overall they had been much the better team.
According to him, “We suffered a bit more in the second half,” Ramos said. “When the result is in your favour, the opposition have less to lose and go on the attack. They went more direct, with players who were very good in the air and physically held up the ball yet.
“But we knew to stay relaxed, and keep possession, which made things easier. We were a bit tired but we defended well. We were the better team for almost all the game.”
Praise Madrid players for their humility – Casemiro
Also speaking, first goal score, Casemiro said Madrid’s players deserved praise for their humility in maintaining their focus and work rate even after recent success.
Casemiro said: “That is up to the referee,” the Brazilian said of the offside call. “I tried to hit it and thankfully it went well. I am happy for the goal, we are on the right path. Hopefully we win everything possible.
“It was important to win against a difficult team, Manchester United, they have quality and a great coach. We must also congratulate the players as it’s not easy to win as we are doing.
“We’ll keep working hard, with lots of humility.”
It’s game over, Mourinho speaks on Gareth Bale
Manchester United manger, Jose Mourinho has admitted that the Red Devils will not go after Bale again.
When he was asked by BT Sport if Bale’s appearance in the line-up meant anything tonight, Mourinho responded: “I think so.
“I think clearly the club want him, the manager wants him, and he wants the club.
“So for me, it’s game over, even before it started.
“But game over clearly as I think now everybody knows he wants to stay.”
“I am just concentrating on my football. I am not listening to anything, I don’t read anything, obviously I get told bits and bobs.
“I am enjoying my football here, I am playing as much as I can and I’m winning trophies so that’s all I am concentrating on.
“I haven’t had any conversations (with Madrid), I am just concentrating on my football, I’m trying to get my fitness up as much as I can after pretty much not playing regularly for eight or nine months.
“It is great to keep adding to the collection, it was a very difficult game but we got the job done and we’ve got another trophy and we move on.”