At the end of the UEFA Super Cup final on Tuesday night, Alvaro Morata and Luciano Vietto can look back on their surprising inclusion, given that neither were playing for their respective clubs when they won the Champions League and Europa League just a few short months ago.
Ex-Juventus forward and former Real academy product Morata is proving to be like a new signing for Zinedine Zidane and has demonstrated in pre-season that he is prepared for even greater challenges.
Without the BBC, Real’s three first-choice strikers, Zidane and his assistants were celebrating Morata’s goals more than his teammates in training at the Lerkendal Stadion.
After three preseason games, the striker hasn’t scored and perhaps lacks confidence, but the coaching staff maintain trust in him.
Professionally, he has scored in two finals already: the 2015 Champions League for Juve against Barcelona, and the Coppa Italia this year.
Meanwhile, Luciano Vietto follows the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Carlos Bacca and Kevin Gameiro as Sevilla’s number nine.
The Argentine striker has a lot to live up to and is on loan for one season with an option to purchase.
He wants the opportunity to show everything that he couldn’t at Atletico, and wants to forget the game against Real in Milan.
There is a big crowd expected in Trondheim and Vietto wants to be king on his first big night.