Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Barca prepare to meet Real Madrid in first leg of Spanish Supercup

Barca prepare to meet Real Madrid in first leg of Spanish Supercup

Their unrivalled strength in depth was one of the crucial factors in picking up a first title in five years last season as coach Zinedine Zidane heavily rotated his side against lesser opposition.

This measure, imposed by a judge of Competitions of Spanish Football Federation, remains in force because Real Madrid had not disputed another Spanish Super Cup ever since.

Zidane will see his salary in the Spanish capital nearly double from €4.35m to around €8m-per-season, although some of his wages will be dependent on how well Real do at defending both their La Liga and Champions League crowns in 2017/18.

The Portuguese forward appeared appeared against his former club Manchester United for just seven minutes as Madrid won the UEFA Super Cup 2-1.

I'm very happy with their confidence in me.

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Barcelona face arch rivals and La Liga champions Madrid in the first leg of Spain's traditional curtain raiser on Sunday at the Nou Camp.

Barca are still reeling from the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros ($262 million) with their attempts to land a replacement in Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund so far falling short.

Furthermore, Los Blancos have agreed to include an stunning €700m release clause in the deal in order to avoid the same scenario that recently saw Barcelona losing Neymar to PSG.

Zidane admitted "there aren't many players" with Neymar's individual qualities, but claimed his absence would not give Madrid the upper hand over the two legs in four days with the second leg of the Super cup to come at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

'We know we've got a lot of talent and that with hard work we can achieve great things, ' Zidane said. If we think it's going to be easier [without Neymar] then we're wrong.

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