Real Madrid 2-0 FC Barcelona: Supercopa de Espana Match Report

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There is no doubt that Barcelona's home game against Betis will be an emotionally charged affair following the terrorist attacks, but it would have been hard enough for new coach Ernesto Valverde and his players without this week's tragedy hanging over the city.

As we all knew that, even there are totally twenty teams in the La Liga.

Asensio's first competitive game for Madrid came in a 3-2 win against Sevilla in the UEFASuper Cup. (This is) not the way to express yourself and even less so from inside the club, singling out a player'. They have also been left without Luis Suarez for a month after the Uruguayan hurt his knee in Wednesday's 2-0 Spanish Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid. Barcelona are depleted and Atletico Madrid are plucky but outgunned.

"In these very tough moments, we just want to tell them loud and clear that we are thinking of them".

With Ronaldo suspended and Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench, Lucas Vazquez and Asensio were selected to flank Benzema in attack, and the latter picked up where he left off at the end of Sunday's first leg.

With the teams coming back to their stadiums to welcome fans for the opening round of the Spanish La Liga, all of us must be eagerly waiting for the champions to play, so that we can see how well they are prepared to defend their crown.

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They were slightly better after the break - arguably because Real let them be - and Messi hit the bar after gliding past several defenders, with Suarez smashing the post with a header after Messi's shot was parried.

Boss Pepe Mel revealed that club president Tino Fernandezis pushing hard to bring Perez back to the Riazor, where he enjoyed two fruitful campaigns before joining the London side past year. Barcelona finished three points behind Real last season but there is concern the gap between Spain's biggest two sides could be far larger this season as the Catalans look shaken to the bone by the departure of Neymar to Paris St Germain.

Midfielder Paulinho will be unveiled this week but that is not the sort of signing Barca need now.

Barca's first rivals of the season have strengthened well over the summer with players such as Cristian Tello and Sergio Leon joining the club, along with new coach Quique Setien, who has a reputation for playing flowing football. "We have to focus on the league ahead and keep going forward because that's all we have".

The only unavailable players are Cristiano Ronaldo through suspension and Jesus Vallejo.

Ever Banega is back, signed from Inter Milan, but Berizzo admits the team remains a work in progress. The youngster is unlikely to enjoy many minutes on the pitch this year with Madrid possessing so much quality in the midfielder with Luka Modric, Toni Kross and Casemiro the preferred choices. They are joined by Girona, a feeder club for Man City that is making its debut in the top division.

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