United States tour as much about global footprint as fitness — Real Madrid

Ruben Hill
August 19, 2017

Not in the eyes of Ronaldo, forced to sit out the 2-0 Spanish Super Cup second leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu, which secured a 5-1 aggregate victory over Barcelona, as the Portuguese global feels the ban was 'exaggerated and ridiculous'.

Real Madrid's opening La Liga game is against Deportivo La Coruna and will take place this Sunday.

And reports said he may also be in soup as well, as the committee is scrutinising his comment about the ban, especially after he said: "I hope they've not got something against Cristiano Ronaldo and people do their job with integrity".

The match between Real Madrid vs Barcelona will kick off on 16th August Wednesday at 10 pm BST in Bernabeu. "But in nine years at Barcelona this is the first time that I have felt we are inferior to Madrid".

"It is important for us to live with the defeat and accept that Madrid were better". "You couldn't notice the changes (to the starting lineup)".

This is first time in 25 matches that Barcelona have not scored against Real Madrid.

There were no goals in the second half, though several attempts on either side hit the woodwork.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said he is looking to lift the team's mood as the league campaign starts. Sergi Roberto is probably the most likely to replace him for the game. The intensity and pressure, and possession of the ball.

It was quite an eventful day for Ronaldo, who was only introduced as a second-half sub at Camp Nou. We have to recover psychologically.

They were rewarded for their positivity, too, as Asensio added another gem to his growing collection by picking out the top corner of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's net with a fine strike from 30 yards out.

While Barca are close to crisis mode, European and Spanish champions Madrid march on, with Zidane collecting his seventh trophy since taking charge of the team in January 2016.

But despite having five midfielders, Barcelona never established control.

Asensio had another shot blocked after combining with Benzema and Toni Kroos fired wide before Lucas Vazquez nearly made it 2-0 on the night when his curling shot hit the crossbar.

And Karim Benzema flicked up Marcelo's cross and turned defender Samuel Umtiti to fire home a second with Barcelona rarely looking like coming back.

It took nearly an hour for Messi to finally produced Barcelona's first serious threat when he forced Keylor Navas to palm his shot onto the bar in the 53rd. The striker finished the match favoring his right knee after running into Navas.

Although, Real won the first leg 3-1, things won't be easy in the return leg with Ronaldo's absence.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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