Real Madrid are ready to win the UEFA Super Cup

Real Madrid finished on a high in New York

Real Madrid finished in New York amidst olés!, cheered to the rafters by an enthusiastic support, full of white shirts. And that wasn't simple overexcitement from the fans, rather it was a real reflection of the effect of Zidane's work with a squad who are starting to believe in their coach above the star names. And that is key.

Real Madrid will be missing major names for UEFA Super Cup

The reality is that against Sevilla more than half the team that won the Undécima, the 11th European Cup, will be missing. In Norway there'll be no Keylor, no Pepe, no Bale, no Cristiano. And it's almost certain that Benzema won't make it either; the French striker hasn't played a single minute in the pre-season.

But this Madrid side has the habits of a great team, similar to those their coach had when he was playing. They don't lose their shape, they always want to dominate the game and they never hide. They pressed Bayern as if it was a competitive match.

And the veterans are the first to knuckle down to work. Allow me to focus on Marcelo. He had a textbook performance against Bayern. In the second half he showed off his range of skills at winning the ball off the opposition and then starting quality moves. In the US his was a perfect example of why football is the most beautiful sport on the planet. Marcelo is an example to follow. Playing like this, Real Madrid have to fancy their chances of winning the UEFA Super Cup.

International Champions Cup 2016 - Bayern MunichMarcelo in full flow