Dominant Real Madrid Beat Barcelona To Win Super Cup
Real Madrid recorded a win and a clean sheet against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.
After a 3-1 win at the Nou Camp on Sunday winning the second leg 2-0 secured Real a 5-1 aggregate victory over Barcelona to add the Spanish Super Cup to the European Super Cup - lifted after overcoming Manchester United last week.
Having the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo unavailable made little difference for Real as Marco Asensio, following up a stunning first leg goal, put Los Blancos ahead with another fine 25 yard effort.
Victory on the night was secured when Karim Benzema showed great skill to take on Marcelo's cross and beat Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti before extending the aggregate lead.
Further goals couldn't be added in the second half, Barca saw both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez denied by the woodwork, but the damage had been done as Real made it seven titles under Zinedine Zidane, who has been in charge at the Bernabeu for less than two years.
Zidane knows the challenges will become harder when La Liga gets underway but the boss is pleased with how things are going and couldn't be happier at heading into the new campaign with two significant trophies already in the cabinet.
'We had to be ready on the 8th of August for the first title. We've won two significant trophies against two big rivals. It stands us in good stead to start the season. Now LaLiga begins and it's going to be even more difficult,' Zidane was quoted post-match by realmadrid.com.
Adding: 'I'm pleased with how we're doing things, and in particular with how we're playing. The first 15 or 20 minutes were spectacular in pressing high up and how we kept hold of the ball. It was a very good first half. In the second we had to dig in a bit because this opposition can cause you problems, that's to be expected. We wanted to play just as we did and when things go to plan you're happy. The players were fantastic. We're not going to get euphoric, this is a long-run thing and we'll enjoy the moment.'
There was praise for Asensio, Zidane said he was 'impressed' with the young midfielder, but Zizou went on to say 'everyone's doing a great job and working well' at the moment with these trophies deserved.
Zidane said: 'The players deserve it. They are talented and working hard. Winning two trophies against the likes of Manchester United, a great team, and Barcelona is not easy. Behind that lies our will and hard work. This team is hungry and you see that when we play. This is a great way to start, everyone is content. We are going into a long season, but we are ready.'
On his own achievements so far Zizou said: 'I'm really pleased, I love my work and winning 7 titles with these players... It is a great start and we're still on the run we were on before, having won LaLiga and the Champions League. We are coming to the end of one part, we've got another couple of titles and now we start the season, we have to do everything to win and it will be complicated.'