Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid can confirm their dominance
It’s been a summer to forget for Barcelona so far.
Not only have they lost Neymar, but they’ve failed in their attempts to sign Hector Bellerin, Marco Verratti and they may miss out on Philippe Coutinho too.
And to make matters worse, they lost the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup 3-1 at home to Real Madrid last weekend, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being sent off.
Can the Catalans turn things around in the second leg or will Real confirm their superiority? We’ve taken a look at the key talking points.
Real Madrid Favourites to Lift Another Trophy
Zinedine Zidane may have been one of the great players of his era, but even he wouldn’t have expected his time in charge at the Bernabeu to have gone as well as it has so far.
Since replacing Rafa Benitez in January 2016, he’s won two Champions League titles – as many as Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho – La Liga, the Club World Cup and two UEFA Super Cups.
Barcelona’s Squad Needs to Be Strengthened
Barcelona looked off the pace in the first leg and they need to think carefully about how they’re going to use the money they received for Neymar.
Gerard Deulofeu struggled on the left wing against Madrid and big-money signings like Andre Gomes, Arda Turan and Paco Alcacer have all failed to deliver at Camp Nou.
New boss Ernesto Valverde doesn’t have the strength in depth that Zidane can call upon at Madrid. The conveyor belt of talent from La Masia seems to have slowed down too.
Despite their current troubles, anything is possible with Lionel Messi around. You can back Messi to score in a Barcelona Win at 12/5.
Marco Asensio is Ready to Deliver
Marco Asensio may only be 21, but he’s looked mature beyond his years on the pitch.
The attacking midfielder scored 10 goals for Zidane’s side last season, including one in the Champions League final. He came on to score a stunning goal in Sunday’s Super Cup first leg too.
Ronaldo’s suspension gives him the chance to stake a claim for regular playing time and he is 19/10 as an Anytime Goalscorer.
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