Former Sevilla and Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista believes it is Los Blancos who are favourites for the European Super Cup.
Marca reports Baptista as saying in an interview on the LFP website that despite Los Rojiblancos coming off a good year, he’s backing the Champions League holders.
“Madrid have a strong squad and they’re favourites, although Sevilla managed to have a spectacular year,” Baptista said.
“I hope it continues in this game and we see good football.
“Sevilla have to play perfectly, with no errors. They must make an awesome game to win and that’s how it always was, even when I was there.
“We knew we had a team with great players and the only way to beat a team like Madrid was to play at the limit, 100%, and not do anything wrong.
“Sevilla has never gone easy against Madrid, one of the worst teams for them to face as Sevilla are an uncomfortable opponent. They always fight.”
But Baptista was also fulsome in his praise of the current Madrid side, predicting more success in the future.
“I think now they have the most balanced team. It’s amazing, with two players per position and all good,” he continued.
“Madrid can continue winning many trophies because it has an awesome squad.”