Football enthusiasts around the world are braced for the thrill of watching a live telecast of the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup Final at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on August 29.
Barca won the first leg 3-2 on the back of a brilliant performance by their star striker, Lionel Messi.
The following is a preview of that match we published earlier:
Barcelona are likely to be feeling gung-ho, ahead of the game with their traditional rivals, after thrashing Real Sociedad by a 5-1 scoreline in their La Liga season opener. meanwhile, Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Valencia.While Barca will want to continue the form they showed in their 5-4 win in the last La Liga game between the sides at the same venue, Madrid will revel in the fact that they are the reigning league champions.
Jose Mourinho’s side will look to Ronaldo to regain his form that was conspicuously absent against Valencia. Attention will be particularly on his rivalry with Barca’s Argentine star, Lionel Messi, who scored a brace in his side’s opening league game against Sociedad to add to the 50 goals he struck last season.
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has had 11 encounters with Barca during which his wards have won two and lost five. The last meeting at Camp Nou in April went 2-1 in the home side’s favour. Madrid have not won the Super Cup since 2008 and seek to rectify that omission in the two-legged clash with Barca. The second leg is due to be played on August 29 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barca qualified for the Super Cup by lifting the Copa Del Rey, thereby giving coach Pepe Guardiola a farewell gift in his last season with the club. Guardiola has been replaced by Tito Vilanova at the team’s helm.
Barca could miss the services of Thiago Alcantara, Isaac Cuenca and Eric Abidail in Thursday’s game, while Pepe is in doubt for Real Madrid. Raul Albiol is likely to replace Pepe in Madrid’s back-line partnering centre back Sergio Ramos. Barca are likely to have the continued service of their striker David Villa who scored in the La Liga opener after returning from injury. All eyes will be on Alex Song signed by Barcelona from Arsenal; indications are that Song is likely to get a start on Thursday.
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