Barcelona’s Failure in the Transfer Market Will Prove a Hindrance in the Spanish Super Cup
Real Madrid took the bragging rights in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup as they returned to the capital with a 3-1 lead over El Clasico rivals Barcelona. Zinedine Zidane’s men had far from a straightforward pre-season although they have a knack of turning on the style when it matters.
After beating Manchester United to clinch the UEFA Super Cup, more silverware appears to be on the horizon as they aim to assert their dominance in front of their own fans on Wednesday, August 16.
Barcelona looked out of sorts and struggled to break down a stubborn Real Madrid resistance. The new La Liga season begins on Friday, August 18 and there is no doubt that the Catalan club will be challenging for the title, but on this evidence, they appear a long way behind last season’s champions. They have failed to add reinforcements to their squad and swift movements are required between now and their opener against Real Betis on August 20.
The loss of Neymar has seemingly hindered Ernesto Valverde’s side and the Brazilian showed his class with a goal on his debut for PSG against Guingamp. Phillipe Coutinho has been continually linked with club throughout the summer and Ousmane Dembele is another possible target, but neither have been secured and Barcelona are largely relying on the same crop of players who failed to secure the title last season.
Real Madrid have a wealth of talent available in their squad and even if Cristiano Ronaldo is banned for his misdemeanours with the officials, they still have more than adequate resources to put this tie to bed and clinch the Spanish Super Cup. These teams always entertain and it’s set to be yet another unmissable and thrilling clash at the Bernabeu culminating in Zidane’s men holding yet another trophy aloft!