Real Madrid are hot favourites to land the Supercopa de España
Supercopa de España Final, Game 1
Today, 22:00 BST
The first leg of the Spanish Super Cup didn’t disappoint the neutral. Real Madrid’s dominant 3-1 win highlighted the lack of depth in the Barcelona squad. Cristiano Ronaldo’s bookings and eventual sending off were avoidable and the consequences of his actions have led to a five match suspension. Zinedine Zidane is not amused about the length of that ban.
“When you look at the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has got five matches, you have to admit that it is a lot.” Zinadine Zidane via AS.com
The current league champions looked very comfortable on Sunday night but the tie is far from over. It wasn’t just Ronaldo who grabbed the attention of the media. Marco Asensio looks like a player who could write himself into Real Madrid folklore. The 21-year-old has scored on his debut in every official club competition he has played in with the Spanish champions. Asensio has an impressive treasured collection of goals to his name. Isco was superb at the Camp Nou and seems to be improving as a plyere, game-by-game. If Real Madrid scores tonight it will be their 68th consecutive competitive game in which they have done so.
Barcelona’s task of trying to overturn a 3-1 deficit at the Bernabeu is daunting. Ernesto Valverde will need to his players to provide something special if they are to win their first piece of silverware of the new season. Influential midfielder Andrés Iniesta picked up a thigh injury and he did not travel to the Spanish capital. Denis Suárez could get the nod a head of Gerard Deulofeu In Barcelona’s trident. It is likely that Luis Suárez will recieve a frosty reception from the home supporters.
The third El Clasico in as many weeks favours the hosts but anything can happen.
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