Super Cup No. 10 for Real Madrid

They have a very experienced team which is playing together for a long time, but there is one hard circumstance.

His absence, plus Barca's less-than-inspiring additions so far, have tempered expectations ahead of the campaign. So far, the only post-Neymar signing is Paulinho, a midfielder.

Real Madrid had some disappointing results in pre season friendlies, like the 3:2 defeat against Barcelona, 4:1 loss against Man City and the 2:1 defeat against Manchester United. The Galicians' last win against Los Blancos was on the opening day of the 2008-09 season (2-1).

In fairness to Barcelona, losing Neymar so late in the transfer window certainly didn't help them close the gap with Real Madrid. Simeone will be keen to avoid a repeat.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, however, is trying to keep his players focused on the long haul toward next spring.

Everything looks rosy at the Bernabeu.

Playing 38 games in all competitions, the young Spaniard chipped in with 10 goals and four assists as Real Madrid won both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, scoring vital goals in Europe's elite club competition against Bayern Munich and Juventus in the final. The team is absolutely loaded and is greatly boosted by the ever-improving Marco Asensio. Zidane praised him again on Friday but, as usual, did not confirm whether he'll play as a starter.

All that comes before you consider the problems in Catalonia too.

Here are five things we learned from the two legs.

Real must negotiate the first four games of the season without Cristiano Ronaldo after his red card and referee push, making a tricky start to the season a little more hard.

Wenger: Arsenal lost a game it should have won
Arsenal thought they had equalised when Alexandre Lacazette rifled in, only for the France striker to be ruled offside. Arsenal dominated possession after conceding, but were not able to find the final product needed to break through.

There's no doubting that Real Madrid is the best team in the world at the moment.

Valverde: "I am at a great Club".

If you haven't heard of Asensio, you probably should have by now, but if not, I am going to run the rule over the 21-year-old for you.

Will Sevilla's new faces settle quickly?

Will they be pushovers like they were so often last season? Atletico has a ban from signing new players and that is why they haven't strengthened their roster.

Luis Muriel has arrived from Sampdoria to lead the line, while Nolito replaces the departed Vitolo on the flank.

The Spanish newspaper reports that Madrid would be open to a potential loan deal or a permanent move which would include a buy-back clause in the contract.

Let's be clear - a down year for Barca is still a top-four finish.

The third highest winning team of La Liga, Atletico Madrid will play against to the Girona on the first Saturday of this season. And they did all that without world's best player, Cristiano Ronaldo and with Gareth Bale in a really poor form.

Now that it's evident Zidane fundamentally believes in rotations and that he will apply them with full confidence, guessing who the French manager will choose becomes an extra element of interest for most La Liga matches.

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