Real Madrid Set For Barcelona Clash In Spanish Cup

Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid press conference

Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid press conference

Barcelona also kept Luis Suarez, Real Madrid held on to Gareth Bale, and Atletico Madrid still has Antoine Griezmann.

Madrid had defeat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp on Sunday in the first leg of the Super Cup despite controversial refereeing which led to the sending off of Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Asensio had different ideas and opened the scoring for Madrid in just the fourth minute.

Ronaldo went on in the 58th minute and scored with a attractive strike to make it 2-1 in the 80th, earning a yellow card for taking off his shirt to flex his muscles at Barcelona's faithful.

"They showed more energy in their pressure and we suffered when they recovered the ball", Valverde said.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique conceded he feels inferior to Real Madrid for the first time during his career at the club.

The Spanish league lost Neymar in a record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain but still has plenty of star players on display, including the two touted as the best in the world " Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"We're not in our best moment, not on the level of the team or the level of the club".

"We played very well in the away leg and we had a great game tonight, above all in the first half, which was spectacular", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "It will be very hard but we are happy".

Keen to match the efforts of his colleague on the opposite flank, Vazquez curled a shot against the inside of the left-hand post shortly after the half-hour mark, as Barca struggled to create chances for Suarez and Messi.

While Barcelona slumped to a loss to its fiercest rival, Neymar scored a goal in an impressive debut for PSG to help it win 3-0 at Guingamp in the French league. So far, the club's attempts to pry away Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele have failed.

The trophy is the second of the season already for Real Madrid, which captured the UEFA Super Cup by topping Manchester United. Arsenal had been linked with the Mallorca product in recent days, but can probably forget about Madrid letting him go now.

However, Valverde also has the option to strengthen Barca's midfield by sacrificing a forward to add Sergi Roberto to the normal midfield three of Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta.

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