Real Madrid are back in familiar territory: A Final.
Super Cups have never been considered a major trophy, but this year's iteration of the Supercopa de España has caused a bit more fanfare—and criticism—than previous years.
And for a Real Madrid club that has fallen from lofty heights in the past two seasons, the trophy might mean a bit more.
Despite the absence of three major offensive weapons in Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale, Los Blancos cruised to victory over the 2019 Copa del Rey champions Valencia by a score of 3-1.
Toni Kroos opened the scoring for the La Liga co-leaders in the 15th minute with a beautiful Olimpico, as the crafty midfielder noticed Valencia keeper Jaume Doménech inattentively floating far off his line on a corner kick.
Valencia had a good chance to equalize off a counter-attack in the 29th minute, but Kevin Gameiro put the ball over the bar despite a clear look at goal. Ten minutes later, Isco put the Madrid side up 2-0 off a simple shot chested down from a rebound.
Midfield maestro Luka Modric closed the scoring for his club in the 65th minute with a magical goal, slotting a shot with the outside of his right foot between two defenders and into the side netting. His goal capped a match in which Real Madrid's midfield weaved in and out of the final two thirds of the pitch, keeping Los Ches on their heels for much of the game.
Dani Parejo managed to pull a goal back for Valencia from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute, but their trip to Saudi Arabia was all but over by then.
Real Madrid will play the winner of tomorrow's Barcelona-Atletico Madrid match in the Supercopa de España Final on Sunday, January 12th at 1pm ET.