This trophy itself is dedicated to the memory of long-time Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabeu where is name will be forever remembered having the stadium named after him.
It is Bernabeu who is responsible for so many great things about Madrid, including helping to establish the European Cup initially.
Fiorentina were invited to be their opponents this year in order to commemorate the 60th anniversary of their meeting in the 1957 European Cup final.
The friendly is normally held this time every year and has become more of an opportunity to showcase some of the teams new summer signings and give younger players minutes.
Real Madrid fielded a rather strong side including banned Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo while also giving younger and squad players such as Achraf, Theo, Ceballos, Marcos Llorente and Mayoral a chance to display their talents and make a mark for the season ahead.
One of the standout performers for the Madrid side was Dani Ceballos in central midfield. It was pretty evident the young Spaniard is more than capable and comfortable in controlling the game in midfield in competitive fixtures for Zidane’s team going forward. His €20 million price tag is going to more and more like a bargain as time goes on.
The home supporters were quietened early on in the match as Veretout hit the back of the net from 20 yards for Fiorentina after only 3 minutes.
Borja Mayoral gave decent display and didn’t do his chances for the season any harm as he scored Real Madrid’s second goal shortly after Veretout’s opener. Asensio played in Ronaldo, who crossed a low pass across the box to Mayoral who tucked it away.
His display may give Zidane the confidence to face into the new season without needing to delve into the transfer market for a new striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo, in the middle of his 5 match ban, took centre stage at the Bernabeu once again as he stole the show with a golazo and Madrid’s second on the night to pick up the trophy.
It was a typical Cristiano Ronaldo goal as he gathered the ball on the left hand side, cut in onto his right and put the ball – laser like – into the far top corner. The Ballon d’Or holder almost scored a second following a delightful lofted cross by Ceballos but was just inches away from connecting.
One name was a real stand out in the Fiorentina squad last night and that was 18 year old Ianis Hagi – son of the legendary former Real Madrid star Gheorghe Hagi. His father’s genes certainly appear to have been passed on as young Ianis as he has scored 5 goals and provided 3 further assists in 13 games for Fiorentina’s Primavera last season.
Overall, Madrid have picked up yet another trophy before August has even passed. It was a useful exercise for Zidane and the younger players in particular. Achraf was playing in the Segunda Division B last season and certainly needs more game time at a higher level before he can seriously see himself as Carvajal’s back up.
Ceballos and Mayoral’s performances will also give Zidane confidence in his squad depth going into the remainder of the long season ahead.
Source: La Liga News