Zidane to extend Real Madrid contract

Real Madrid midfielder Isco finally assuming his rightful place as a world beater

After a convincing 3-1 win at the Camp Nou that has the Barcelonistas calling for their president to leave, the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Santiago Bernabeu shows no upside for Real Madrid.

La Liga's two giants come into the fixture in very different moods.

When the dust settled however, it was always going to be highly unlikely that Ronaldo of all players would leave a club that just secured back-to-back Champions League titles, solidifying the Portuguese superstar's claim as the best player on the planet.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who put his sides through their paces on Saturday, would hardly have imagined his tenure beginning in such circumstances.

The Spanish Football Federation issued Ronaldo with a 3,005 euro ($A4,503) fine and a four match suspension in addition to the automatic one game ban the player was due to serve for his red card.

"This, though, was only one game and now there is the return leg". I do not care about outside. "I took on the centre-back [Pique], saw the goal clearly and shot". How else can you take it? So far, the club's attempts to pry away Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele have failed. He made up for the miss later in the game with a simple tap in from close range.

"Lucas gave me the pass and I felt strong", Asensio said on Spanish TV afterwards. There's no need for any excuses, now we have to draw up conclusions and look forward.

Instead, thousands of white shirts were dotted around the Camp Nou and Madrid's goals were cheered.

His astonishing run started against Sevilla in August a year ago when he found the net on his competitive debut for Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final. We have to be good defensively. It's up to Zidane to dose than transition between supersub and starter, but the kid's talent is so obvious that most of the stadium now wants to see him play in every match. "We are hurting after a loss like this, but we have to regroup and get ready for the next match".

"Signings now" ran the front cover of Barcelona-based sports daily Sport on Monday.

'They won't be the same as Neymar because he is incredible, but they will certainly give their all.

By contrast, Barca seem more dependant on the brilliance of Lionel Messi than ever in the wake of Neymar's departure.

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