Cristiano Ronaldo scores victor in El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo scores victor in El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo scores victor in El Clasico

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Ernesto Valverde has replaced Luis Enrique as Barcelona head coach and the former Athletic Club Bilbao chief tactician on Sunday showed he is true to his and the Barcelona style of play.

Barcelona Playing 11: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Deulofeu. Despite that pressure, Super Cup failure doesn't set the tone for the whole season.

Zidane has confirmed he is ready to sign a new three-year contract at the club, while reports in Spain say midfielder Isco will also sign a new deal with a hugely-increased release clause - perhaps a reaction to Neymar's forced departure from Barcelona.

"We know how good Madrid and they have a strong squad".

"We don't like to lose, especially against Madrid, and especially when there is a title at stake", Valverde said. "We are going to enjoy this today, because it is something to enjoy, and tomorrow we will think about the game on Wednesday".

Real Madrid took a 3-1 victory out of the Spanish Super Cup match. If Real can bring a similar game as they did against Manchester United, Barcelona will find it hard to shine during the night.

Asensio's first competitive game for Madrid was last August's European Super Cup against Sevilla - after he had impressed Zidane during preseason and was named in the side ahead of €80m James Rodriguez. He made up for the miss later in the game with a simple tap in from close range.

However, Real will have to keep their focus on Spanish Super Cup at present. It's in fact a chance for the visitors to recover some of their pride and start the season in a slightly better place than the one they're at right now.

And although Zidane continued to use him carefully as the season progressed, he finished the campaign by coming off the bench to score in the Champions League final against Juventus, making it 10 goals in 38 games in all. We are in flawless shape both physically and mentally. In less than 12 months, Asensio has scored on his debut in every official club competition he has played in with Real Madrid. No Real Madrid vs. Barcelona match is ever a formality, and its result can always have an impact on the on-going balance of power - now strongly tipped towards the Madridistas' side.

El Clasico live streaming online can be watched on WatchESPN (USA), Sky GO (UK) websites.

UK: TV: Sky Sports.

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