Zidane lauds 'spectacular' Madrid after Supercopa triumph

Real Madrid Set For Barcelona Clash In Spanish Cup

Real Madrid Set For Barcelona Clash In Spanish Cup

REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane has been rewarded with a new three-year deal, according to reports.

Marco Asensio wasted no time as he spectacularly fired the home side in front after four minutes on Wednesday, with Madrid dominating a team still adapting to life after Neymar.

They've schooled the midfields of Barcelona and Man United in their last 3 games, and he seems to have perfected the 4-3-1-2 formation.

Barca responded with a more spirited second-half showing and were unfortunate not to at least pull a goal back as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hit the woodwork.

Pique, who was taken off in the second half with an injury and will undergo tests on Thursday, subsequently conceded that Barca are struggling on and off the pitch.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique conceded he feels inferior to Real Madrid for the first time during his career at the club.

"He had his holiday and has been with us only five or six days, but physically he worked very hard during his holidays and he is ready", said Zidane.

While Barcelona slumped to a loss to its fiercest rival, Neymar scored a goal in an impressive debut for PSG to help it win 3-0 at Guingamp in the French league.

"We know we have to strengthen this team and that is what we are doing", Segura added.

Asensio picked up right where he had left the first leg, stunning goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a long strike that floated overhead before landing in the net.

The visitors´ night was summed up when Suarez headed against the post with the goal gaping after Navas had parried Messi´s driven shot into his path.

Barcelona had no answer for Madrid's pressure, lost ball after ball in its own half, and clearly missed Neymar's presence on the left flank to start quick attacks.

"I'm going to work to have the maximum minutes possible out there".

Barca's immediate attempts to find a replacement in Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund have so far fallen short.

He played well enough to convince Barcelona to activate its re-signing clause and bring back the forward, who can play on either flank.

Those successes add to those Zidane achieved as a player with Madrid, having won a league title, the Champions League, two Spanish Super Cups and the European Super Cup between 2001 and 2006.

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