Barcelona described first blood against their competitors ahead of the upcoming season with a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in Miami
Barcelona gleaned firstly blood against Real Madrid ahead of the new season with a 3-2 victory in a pulse Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami.
The historic rivals will meet again twice in August in the Spanish Super Cup and this International Champions Cup match gave the recreation saloon high-pitched, with Barcelona maintaining their 100 per cent record in pre-season.
Physically “were just” good shape, the team is winning, we are only have to correct our errors, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets told Premier Sports.
Were happy for the win, it was a lot of fun for the fans because there were a lot of opportunities, although the players suffered in the heat and humidity.
While Barcelona beat Juventus and Manchester United, Madrids defeat means they end their pre-season tour of the United States without a victory.
I dont care much about the overcome, it ever hurts but right now its not the important thing, articulated Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
Its pre-season. The makes havent moved as hoped for but it will not change anything. The important thing is to be ready for 8 August( when Madrid face Manchester United in the European Super Cup ).
Madrid were missing Cristiano Ronaldo, still on holiday, but both teams were close to full strength.
Ernesto Valverde, get a penchant of Clasico drama early in his vocation as Barcelona manager, selected Neymar despite supposition swirling over the Brazilians future at the club.
However, “its been” stalwart Lionel Messi who opened the scoring after only three minutes, firing residence with the assistance of a deflection, before Ivan Rakitic doubled the lead with a powerful drive from Neymars low-toned pass.
The sell-out crowd at the Hard Rock Stadium were in for a thrilling night and Madrid contended their style back into the game with Mateo Kovacic drilling home expertly, before Marco Asensio equalised in the 36 th minute after a lightning break.
After a lengthened halftime break with music, daylights and fireworks evidences more akin to the Super Bowl, video games restarted at the same hectic pace.
Gerard Pique mailed Barcelona ahead again in the 50 th minute by flicking home Neymars bending free-kick, and it proved to be the match-winning goal.
It was the first time the teams met in a friendly since 1991 and only the second largest time outside of Spain. Given its success, the sight is likely to be repeated.
Barcelona hoisted a trophy after video games but Valverde will be focused on ensuring they can enforce themselves in the same way when these squads fulfill in two weeks at Camp Nou, this time with real silverware at stake.