Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Stream, Preview for Spanish Super Cup 2014

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Stream, Preview for Spanish Super Cup 2014
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The 2014 Spanish Super Cup sees a repeat of the Champions League final between the capital city's two biggest rivals.

European champions Real Madrid face neighbours and La Liga title holders Atletico Madrid in a two-legged affair, in what should be a feisty curtain-raiser.

The Galacticos beat their less illustrious rivals to claim their La Decima victory in Europe, winning 4-1 after extra-time. Revenge will be in the air for Atletico on Tuesday.

Here is how you can watch this exciting derby match:

 

When: Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 10 p.m. BST/5 p.m. ET

Where: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

TV Info: Live on Sky Sports 5 & HD (UK only), ESPN (US only)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK only) ESPN Player (US only)

 

The Battle for Spanish Supremacy Continues

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Atletico's stunning efforts to topple Los Blancos and Barcelona in La Liga last season will go down as one of the great shocks in European club-football history.

Diego Simeone's side have always been well respected but last year they took their performances to new levels, proving that not only the richest teams prevail.

However, Real's win in the Champions League will have left a bitter taste in the mouth after such a magnificent campaign, and with Simeone losing some of his most influential talent, a repeat of Atletico's domestic success appears to be unlikely this term.

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Chelsea have raided Atletico for their goalscoring maverick, Diego Costa, and have also taken Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis in the process. 

Also departed are David Villa and Diego, and suddenly Simeone's squad does not look as solid as just a few months previous. More could follow, with sports broadcaster Bolarinwa Olajide saying Arda Turan could be the next to leave:

However, Simone has captured Bayern Munich's prolific striker Mario Mandzukic to try and fill the void at the point of his attack.

It is worth remembering that Costa's rise to prevalence was a relatively slow one, and Mandzukic may be on a similar development curve, if Simeone can weave his magic with the player.

Mandzukic's statistics are impressive since 2010, covering his service for his country and both Wolfsburg and Bayern. He has scored 64 goals from 109 starts, per WhoScored.com, and also provided 19 assists.

He is an old-fashioned centre-forward when you consider the explosion of false nines in the game in recent years, and he will score goals in La Liga if fed correctly.

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Former Atletico player Alvaro Dominguez said recently to Mundo Deportivo that he expects great things from the new player, per Matt Jones of Goal.com:

I think Atletico has a hit with this signing, especially if they surround him with players who will create, something I don't think will be a problem with Arda Turan, Koke and Raul Garcia.

From what I saw in Germany I found him very complete. I couldn't emphasise one aspect over another. He's big but has good speed, holds the ball well, plays for second balls and has great anticipation in the area.

Atletico have recovered in previous seasons after losing talents, such as Radamel Falcao, Sergio Aguero and Fernando Torres, but to achieve what they did last season again will be incredibly challenging. Mandzukic will add the much-needed firepower but the squad has been stripped of its most important assets.

Losing Courtois may yet prove to be the biggest issue for Simeone. He is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment and to bring in an equivalent player will be a hard task.

The Spanish Super Cup will give Atletico's passionate fans the chance to see if they have fallen below the standards they have recently hit, and if Real Madrid are once again their more dominant neighbour. 

 

Gareth Bale and Pepe To Miss Super Cup?

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As Real look to add the Spanish Super Cup to their hoard of trophies, news has broken that Gareth Bale and Pepe may miss the match.

Reuters via The Guardian reports that the two players have failed to train this week after Los Blancos captured the European Super Cup in Cardiff. The Welshman and Portugal defender were nursing injuries in a recent pre-season game in Warsaw, Poland, and could be left out of the match against Atletico.

Bale has been in sensational form in recent times but the arrival of Colombian superstar James Rodriguez will ensure that he is not missed.

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Rodriguez is likely to feature against Atletico and will be hoping to put on a display to warrant the huge fee that Madrid recently paid Monaco for his services.

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Carlo Ancelotti's men will need no motivation in facing their capital-city rivals and, after their Champions League final victory, they will expect to put Simeone's men to the sword. Cristiano Ronaldo looks to have fully recovered from his recent bout of injury, and his inclusion alone will scare Atletico's depleted unit.

Last season, Simeone's side were magnificent in defence but with no Courtois and Luis at the back, they may find they are exposed more often than they were in the previous 12 months.

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