Deportivo la Coruna vs Real Madrid


Real Madrid will still win La Liga, but we might get an all-timer from Messi along the way.

Getafe and Levante may both have memories of their most recent stints in the uppermost division (the 2015-2016 season for each), but for Girona, this is their first season in the Primera La Liga. From the gifted Djalminha to the average, but hard fighting Claudio Barragan, numerous members of that unforgettable side can recall a few moments of anti-Madridista glory during those years. But since going ad-free on July 1st, we have received 0 donations and boast 0 patrons.

Madrid's starting line-up on Wednesday betrayed Zidane's confidence following the 3-1 victory in the first leg. Cristiano Ronaldo may have been starting his five-match ban for pushing the referee on Sunday, but Madrid left both Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench and gave Marco Asensio his chance to shine.

"We played very well in the away leg and we had a great game tonight, above all in the first half, which was spectacular", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. The latter, especially, was a pair of highly convincing results for Real Madrid as they trounced bitter rivals 5-1 in the Super Cup.

While Madrid's tweaked attacking trident made a flying start, the missing "N" in Barcelona's "MSN" forward line was glaringly obvious after 10 minutes.

"We are a Spanish team and we are very proud of that, but at the same time we feel that Real Madrid is universal".

Real Madrid start the season with their moral sky high after dominating Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup over two games in which they showed nearly complete dominance over their rivals.

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They were slightly better after the break - arguably because Real let them be - and Messi hit the bar after gliding past several defenders, with Suarez smashing the post with a header after Messi's shot was parried.

And in a major coup, in-demand midfielder Saul Niguez also signed a nine-year contract extension after a starring role for Spain in the Under-21 European Championship.

The club's first LaLiga game of the season against Real Betis promises to be a highly emotional occasion as players, staff and spectators remember the 14 people who died and dozens who were injured on Thursday.

At some point it seemed as though any Depor player, whatever their talent, could enjoy a fine afternoon against a shockingly disappointing Real Madrid. Forwards Manuel "Nolito" Agudo and homegrown fan favorite Jesus Navas have arrived from Manchester City, but Spain forward Victor "Vitolo" Machin will play at Las Palmas before he joins Atletico in 2018. Carlos Bacca has come on loan from AC Milan to replace Roberto Soldado as the team looks to break into the top-four spots and the Champions League berths.

Prior to the start of the 1996/97 season, a 24-year-old Zidane had just joined Juventus and would be put through the most grueling workout of his life.

Ever Banega is back, signed from Inter Milan, but Berizzo admits the team remains a work in progress.