Barcelona v Real Madrid Preview: Race for Spanish Super Cup

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Barcelona and Real Madrid are set for another El Classico in Camp Nou for the Spanish Super Cup title on Sunday.

The Spanish champion, Real Madrid won their first title of the season on Tuesday when they defeated Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia.

Los Blancos won 2-1 but faded in the second half as the Red Devils fought their way back into the match.

Barcelona is in transition after losing Enrique and Neymar, and the pressure will be turned up on new boss Ernesto Valverde to deliver in Camp Nou.

Real Madrid will be without midfield stalwart Luka Modric, who will be missing due to suspension, but Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to start after making a cameo appearance against Manchester United in the European Super Cup.

The Portuguese superstar hit 37 goals and provided 11 assists in La Liga and Europe last season,

It will be interesting to see how Barca line up under their new manager, but home supporters will be sad to see the end of the MSN trio, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez forced to adapt to a new system.

Real Madrid was sensational under coach Zinedine Zidane the last term, scoring 106 goals in La Liga and subsequently winning the Spanish League and also defending the Champions League.

The Catalans will need time to settle under Valverde, and Blaugrana fans will need to be patient in the earliest days managed by their former player.

Real Madrid has a menace about their play, and with Gareth Bale back to fitness, it could be a difficult opening leg for the Copa holders.

Predicted Score: Barcelona 1- 2 Real Madrid.

 

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