Post-Neymar Barca look to chase down Madrid

Liverpool and Arsenal have made bids for Real Madrid ace Marco Asensio

Just four months later he guided Real Madrid to the Champions League title after beating fierce rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties.

Valverde's men completed a ideal pre-season on the field with a fourth straight win by sweeping aside Chapecoense 5-0 on Monday in a match to raise funds for the stricken Brazilian club who lost 19 players and 24 club officials in a plane crash a year ago.

Zinedine Zidane has reportedly agree a new three-year contract to remain in charge of Real Madrid until June 2020.

Isco, 25, joined Real Madrid from Malaga after being one of the sensations of the European Under-21 Championship in the summer of 2013.

Zidane took over at Madrid after the departure of Rafael Benitez in January 2016, and he has already won the Uefa Champions League twice as well as the Primera Liga crown last season.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will be banned for Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg at Barcelona.

On the tight match at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, he added: "Madrid is a very powerful team and we are happy". And the objectives are always the same: trying to win every single game and every single title.

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"We've had a good pre-season and we are coming into the game in good condition", said Valverde.

That means Ronaldo should be back in Madrid's starting lineup on Sunday, when it visits Barcelona's Camp Nou in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

With Neymar gone, Barcelona will look to Lionel Messi to repeat his outstanding performance from the last competitive "clasico" played against Madrid in April.

"Barcelona are Barcelona, we know how they play and their idea of playing will not change".

The French boss and president Florentino Perez are understood to be desperate to keep hold of Asensio as they see him as the long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo but it remains to be seen whether the player can be convinced to stay.

"If we think it will be easier [to face Barcelona without Neymar], we are mistaken".

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