Atletico Madrid take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday night.
Diego Simeone’s side have been training in Estonia ahead of the clash.
Watch their players be put through their paces during practice in the video below.
However, despite the Portuguese’s move to Juventus in the summer, Koke is certain that Los Blancos is just as strong without him.
Watch the Atletico midfielder speak ahead of the clash in the video below.
A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn is the venue for the 43rd edition of the match, with Real going for their fifth win in seven appearances, having won on each of their last four visits (2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017).
City rivals Atleti have only been in two previous Super Cup games but have won both times – in 2010 and 2012.
Ahead of the game, here are the three key battles that could decide the contest.
KEYLOR NAVAS V JAN OBLAK
An intriguing season ahead for Costa Rica custodian Navas, who is expected to keep his place in goal for the Super Cup despite the fact he is likely to be shunted to No2 stopper this season following Thibaut Courtois’ arrival from Chelsea.
His face has never quite has fit at a club that is a marketing machine, even if his ability has, although his meagre 25.9 per cent clean sheet record from last season was only good enough for 13th place among La Liga goalkeepers.
Opposite number Oblak, meanwhile, topped the charts with 59.5 per cent of his games resulting in a clean sheet – 22 shutouts in 37 games to be precise.
Atleti managed to keep the vultures away from one of their prized assets this summer and their chances of success this campaign start at the back with the Slovenian.
MARCO ASENSIO V THOMAS LEMAR
A spectacular left-footed goal in the Spanish Super Cup two years ago launched Marco Asensio into the spotlight. Now, with Cristiano Ronaldo gone, the 22-year-old has the stage to truly shine.
Asensio is the Spanish wonderkid who can lead La Roja into a new era. A supreme talent who is destined for big things, a stellar showing here will lay down a big marker for the new season.
The eyes of Atleti’s fans will be on their own 22-year-old, new signing Lemar.
After bagging 14 goals in 55 games as Monaco broke the PSG monopoly on Ligue 1 two years ago, Lemar’s return of only three in 38 last term will have left Los Rojiblancos supporters a little perplexed, especially at the £52.7m parted with for his services. He has to hit the ground running.
GARETH BALE V ANTOINE GRIEZMANN
Like Asensio, Bale is another man expected to shine now that he can dwell in the limelight rather than beneath Ronaldo’s considerable shadow. He might have also been on the move this summer but the Welsh wizard has decided to stay, probably as he’ll expect to get more chances to be the leading man under new coach Julen Lopetegui.
He’ll also hope to add to his 21 goals in all competitions last season. That was actually his second best haul in five seasons in Spain.
Another man who surprised many by staying put is Griezmann. His awful LeBron James-style ‘The Decision’ announcement of his desire to remain in red and white aside, the Frenchman comes into the season buoyed by becoming a World Cup winner in the summer and an enhanced role at Wanda Metropolitano which has seen him elevated to one of the club’s captains this term.