Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has expressed his enthusiasm ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia on Tuesday.
The two sides met over pre-season in Los Angeles, with Man United emerging as winners following one of the worst penalty shootouts of all time.
Carval – sent to the underworld by Anthony Martial‘s brilliance in that game – claimed the winning goal in last year’s Super Cup against Sevilla in Trondheim.
And the Spaniard, speaking ahead of the clash, made it clear that Zinedine Zidane’s men were determined to claim more silverware in Skopje.
“The game against Manchester United will be fantastic. We will give our absolute all to win it,” he said.
“It is another title, a European title. For me it’s a special one because I scored a great goal against Sevilla last year and that won us the trophy.
“I keep that memory as one of the best in my life. We are working hard to get to the 8th and be able to compete against Manchester United in order to lift the Super Cup.
“Manchester United are a huge, historic club and you cannot ask for more. It will be a fantastic final and hopefully it goes our way.
“In Europe, you usually draw a foreign team. In the Cardiff semi-final draw I wanted to reach a final against a foreign rival so that it would be different to the finals in Lisbon and Milan.”
The Super Cup is a peculiar phenomenon, pitting Europe’s two victors of last season against each other in a game that, in the broader perspective, ultimately serves as an intense warm up for the upcoming domestic battle.
And yet, despite it being pretty much an continental form of the Community Shield, there is value in winning the Super Cup, especially for the underdogs.
Mourinho’s men have a chance to demonstrate to the watching world that, unlike under Louis van Gaal, they can compete with the very best in next season’s Champions League – something English sides have perpetually struggled with over the last few years.