Real Madrid sent out an ominous message to the footballing world on Wednesday night as they cruised to triumph over most despised opponents Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to seal Zinedine Zidane’s seventh trophy in a year and a half as a manager.
Right from the blast of the whistle and through to towards the finish of the game, Real Madrid was relentless as they went crazy against the messy Barcelona who looked totally deprived of thoughts and running around like headless chickens.
Los Blancos flew out of the blocks, squeezing Barca somewhere down in their own half and it was the hosts who threatened first. After just two minutes Marco Asensio got in down the left and pulled the ball back to Modric but the Croatian’s effort from the edge of the box was all around obstructed by Samuel Umtiti.
Barca just got their bearing in the last 10 minutes of the encounter but couldn’t find where the goal post was set.
Zidane’s side made a mincemeat of the guests. The midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kross and Kovacic ran the show and gave Barca no way on the ball.
Marco Asensio fired Los Blancos in front with a dazzling strike from 25 yards outside the box which violently plunged under Marc-Andre ter Stagen crossbar as early as the 4th minute to signal Madrid dominance.
Lucas Vazquez rattled the post with his effort for Madrid before Karim Benzema multiplied Real’s lead in the 38th minute to put the game past the hapless Barcelona side.
With the game looking all wrapped up in the second half, Real Madrid wanted more goals, while Barca was frantic to get the score looking somewhat more respectable.
They nearly did that when Leo Messi sent a fine strike onto the bar, likewise when Sergi Roberto barely missed the opportunity to associate for a tap in, again when Luis Suarez headed low onto the bar, and lastly when Samuel Umtiti rose solo to meet the ball, despite their attempts, it was a night when literally nothing wanted to go right for the sloppy visitors.
Despite dropping Casemiro, Gareth Bale and Isco and being without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid looked guaranteed and played better with much freedom and the fresh breath of aspiring young talents.
21-year old Asensio is unadulterated pure talent, he consistently resembles the apparent heir and ideal replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Zinedine Zidane has done consummately well with the side, sparkling and communicating uninhibitedly with confidence.
What an exemplary display of class by Real Madrid. An unadulterated class! They are the best team on the planet at this moment and that is true!
This is Real Madrid’s 10th Super Cup win! They are presently the :
⚽ Champions of Spain!
⚽ Champions of Europe!
⚽ Champions of the World!
⚽ Champions of European Champions!
⚽ Champions of the Spanish Champions!