After the heavy setbacks in Spanish Supercup, a double defeat against Real Madrid (1-3/2-0), is the moment for stand up and looking forward to fight for the following goals. The next one that begins: LaLiga.
FC Barcelona couldn't get the comeback at Santiago Bernabeu and also lost the second leg without Andrés Iniesta, injured.
Valverde's team must forget this bad start of the season and focused on the first LaLiga game, that will take place at Camp Nou this coming Sunday against Real Betis.
FC Barcelona did not start well the official season after falling by 1 goal to 3 in the first leg of the Spain Supercup against Real Madrid.
The heat and the moment of the season that we are, made a first half of respect for both teams. In the second half, the goals arrived. The ‘whites’ were ahead with Gerard Piqué’s own goal, Messi tied thanks to a penalty and Cristiano and Asensio were the actors of decanting the balance for Zidane’s team.
A result that makes the final an uphill challenge and that FC Barcelona will have to overcome in the second leg that will be played next wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu (23h).
Before playing against Real Madrid next Sunday in the Spanish Super Cup, FC Barcelona celebrated this Monday the Joan Gamper Trophy in which they received the visit of a special team as is the Chapecoense.
The result was the least in a match that served to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in the plane accident that suffered the Brazilian squad the past November and to present to Ernesto Valverde’s team before his fans.
Andrés Iniesta participated in the match that ended with victory (5-0) for the ‘azulgranas’.
FC Barcelona, with Andres Iniesta in the squad, won the 2017 International Champions Cup after getting a prestigious victory over Real Madrid in an historical friendly 'Clasico' in Miami (3-2). Prior to this, Valverde's team had beaten Juventus (2-1) and Manchester United (1-0).
In only ten minutes, Barça had a two-goal lead thanks to Messi and Rakitic. But Kovavic and Asensio got the equaliser before half-time. In the fifth minute of second half, Pique volleyed a Neymar free kick, beat Keylor Navas and scored the definitive 3-2.
Both teams will face each other again in the Spanish Supercup, that will be held in Barcelona (August 13) and Madrid (16).
Spain secured an important win over Macedonia (1-2) to remaint at the top of Group G with 16 points from six games, the same than Italy.
It was one of the toughest qualifiers games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Spain, captained by Andres Iniesta, dominated it from the first minute to the last.
David Silva scored the opening goal in the 14th minute and Diego Costa doubled the lead at 27th. Ristovski gave the local team some hope (65') but Spain controlled the game in the dying minutes to secure the victory.
Lopetegui's team will host Italy in the next qualifying game to be held at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium at the beginning of September.