Real Madrid v Barcelona talking points


As he and his current team-mates arrived at the Bernabeu ahead of their Spanish Super Cup second leg, Real Madrid fans chanted "He stays" at Pique in a refreshingly light-hearted - yet still amusing - jest.

Segura claimed Pique's error was "decisive, it changed the game completely", after the defender diverted Marcelo's cross into his own goal to break the deadlock at the Nou Camp in Sunday's first leg.

Defender Gerard Pique found himself under fire from Barcelona general manager Pep Segura following his own goal in the first leg.

"We have to create scoring situations", he told a pre-match news conference.

"You don't lose because of one play".

Busquets, however, is still hoping for further reinforcements, especially after Paris St Germain signed Neymar for 222 million euros earlier this month.

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Sergio Busquets said any new signings would be "welcome" as Barcelona continue to be linked with Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. It's not the best way to express yourself and even less so from within the club, aimed at a player.

"We need to score three, but we've done that before at the Bernabeu so we will go out, try to be solid and get ourselves into a position to win the tie".

The defensive midfielder believes his team need to reinforce if they are to wrestle power back from their rivals Madrid, who won the Champions League and La Liga double last season. We need attacking players to compensate for Neymar.

Valverde also stressed that Barca had not abandoned hope of winning the Super Cup, adding: "We won't throw the towel in".

"We knew what could happen from the start of the game". "Maybe in moments, as they showed at certain times on Sunday when they took their chances. No, I don't think that's a conclusion which should be drawn".