Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs Barcelona Preview

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Sunday kicks off the first leg of the 2011 Spanish Super Cup featuring two of the greatest teams in the world, Real Madrid against Barcelona. Remarkably, this is the first time that Real Madrid and Barcelona have faced each other in the Spanish Super Cup since 1997 when Los Blancos won both La Liga and the Supercopa Espana. The tournament began in 1982.

Barcelona, the reigning Spanish Super Cup champions, are the favorites to win this year’s final between the league champions and Copa del Rey winners. Having said that, Real Madrid will be a formidable force especially if they can grab a much-needed advantage in the first leg match which will be played at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday at 4pm ET.

The return leg on Wednesday at 5pm ET will be played at Camp Nou in Barcelona to decide who will be el campeon.

New signings

The importance of this year’s Spanish Super Cup cannot be understated. Both teams have added important signings over the summer. Barcelona have signed Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (Udinese), while Real Madrid added Fabio Coentrao (from Benfica), Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund), Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich), Jose Callejon (Espanyol) and Raphael Varane (Lens).

But in the past week, the biggest transfer news is Barcelona’s pursuit of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal. A deal was close to being agreed on Friday, but reportedly Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola advised that the transfer be completed this Monday instead so that the player’s focus and media attention would be on Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup game instead of on Fabregas. If Fabregas does sign on Monday, there’s a chance the Arsenal midfield maestro may play a part in Wednesday’s second leg. However his lack of match fitness and a recent injury may scupper plans.

Team news

While Real Madrid and Barcelona won’t name their starting line-ups for Sunday’s game until before kick-off, here is the latest team news:

Carles Puyol is expected to miss the first leg due to a knee injury. Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets are questionable — all three of them are recovering from injuries. Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, is expected to make his debut for Barcelona at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid:
The only question mark about Real Madrid is whether Fabio Coentrao or Angel Di Maria will start.

In the run-up to Sunday’s massive game, to be shown live on ESPN Deportes, and GolTV, who do you think will win? Vote in the poll below.

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45 thoughts on “Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs Barcelona Preview”

  1. By My Opinion Barcelona Are The Winner And The Difference Of The Goal Between These Two Teams Would Be
    Real Madrid VS Barcelona
    2 : 4

    Messi You Will Rock Against Real Madrid

      1. barca came back with the away goal advantage and xavi,pique,cesc are all fit to play in the second leg….i think madrid surely is going to lose the 2nd leg…and barca will win another silverware….

    1. cr7 is a great looser…he just shows his talent with the weaker teams…he has just 2 times score against barca..and one of them r penalty goal. messi will rock again..

  2. FC Barcelona the best team in the world….surely there will be end of real madrid on spanish super cup…if cesc plays then the result will be BAR:56-0:RM…100% belive me

    1. Where did you get number 1 team in the world. How can a team never won an international tournament in the last 10 years become a number one. #reality . Once champion didn’t make it forever. Whole world agrees Barca is the best team in the Planet.

  3. i believe that realmadrid will win this and also the second leg, and i hope to win to night and let me make imagination for the result: Realmadrid 2 Barcelona 0, if we score the first (realmadrid) i am sure we can score 4 goals and it will be so.

  4. Taking into account the latest performances for both clubs Real Madrid have a upper hand and Barcelona is on a big disadvantage if they can’t play without Pique or Xavi. Real Madrid should be able to win this if they continue their performances. But I can’t imagine seeing many goals in these kinds of encounters.

  5. Barca is the greatest and I would love to see them win!

    But, if Pique and Puyol are both out, a team like Real Madrid surely have a better chance at scoring goals. Xavi may not play either so that only hurts Barca more in the middle. So a Real Madrid team with 100% of the starting 11 from last season vs. Barcelona with 65% of the starting 11 from last season…… do the math.

    In the grand scheme of things, I do not see the big deal from this ultra mini tournament. It is pre-season and now is the time to try out the youngsters anyway and while winning is always important, I dont think it is as important to Pep before the season begins. Better not to risk injury and have the best 11 play when it really matters.

  6. Real madrid have a good chance of winning because all of there key players are fully fit and the team had a good preseason.
    Barca have a big disadvantage because puyol,pique , and Busquets might not play and most of the team did not play in the preseason. but players like sanchez, Thiago, and Fontas, they can easily cover any of the injured players. Barca have better chemistry than Real and the style of play that they have will be hard to play against.
    It will be a close game

    So my opinion
    Real Madrid 1 – 2- Barcelona

  7. Real madrid have a complete sqaud that strugled against barca last season while barca have some key playes like bisquet, pique and puyol who are not likely to play tonight but also have subtitutes tha can perform as well, and have make a key signing in the name of sanchez that can dazzle upfront,Likewise barca’s style of play is hard to compete with.I think tonight at santiago bernabu will be draw.As a matter of fact,camp nou will be a different story as we all know Barca to be very strong at their home, i think barca will outplay madrid here and win by 2 goals to nill.

      1. Funny, I’m watching on an unfamiliar TV and it is chopped off so perfectly I thought it was missing. 2nd half should be very entertaining.

  8. Real Madrid!!! i luv madrid and i believe they can score barca in da 2nd leg. they can surely win wif players like CR7, Uzil,kaka…, they got da best goal keeper and da best coah, they must surely win

  9. hahaha!!! if barca dont buy ref dis time they will sweat to hell because de spercial one is planing 4 them he will force them to play the pace football which is not barca mission but real madrid spon feeding with the player like cr7,ozil,coetrao en benzema then substitude by di maria 4 marcelo en coentrao play leftback en ozil sub by kaka thn madrid at nou camp then jose live by his name special one

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