Spanish Supercup Starts Thursday

Spanish Supercup Stats Breakdown: Barcelona v. Real Madrid

With La Liga and the Premier League kicking off this past weekend, we can safely say the 2012/13 season is underway, as evidenced by our heightened blood pressure watching games Saturday, Sunday, Monday and today. If you haven’t had your fill, tomorrow brings the Supercopa de Espana, where the winners of the Copa del Rey and La Liga face one another for the season’s first La Liga trophy.

This year, it’s no surprise that FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will be facing off in another Clasico, as they were far and away the top teams in La Liga with Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo delivering a total 96 combined goals. That rivalry hasn’t had boiled over just yet this season,  but be assured, expectations are high as always when El Clasico kicks off at Camp Nou tomorrow.

As one of the most renowned rivalries in the history of international sports, the trophy does mean something, even though it’s the least important of the four trophies each team will compete for this season, (Copa del Rey, La Liga, & Champions League) according to Madrid Boss Jose Mourinho:

In my opinion, it has no consequences for the rest of the season – but it is a competition we want to win, and our opponents too. Between rivals, you never want to lose.
-  Jose Mourinho

Newly assigned Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova gets his first chance to match up against Los Merengues, and coming off a 5-1 opening win against Real Sociedad. Surely it will set the tone for his career with Barca, since fans were so heartbroken by Pep Guardiola’s departure after last season.

Portuguese defender Pepe will miss the match after suffering a concussion with teammate Iker Casillas on Sunday’s opener. Looking at the graphic above, it’s easy to see Barcelona has the reigning advantage, winning the last three Spanish Supercups. Real Madrid held off Barcelona for nearly all of last season to win La Liga, and so they are each looking to make an impression in this Spanish version of the FA Community Shield.

Enjoy all the first leg action of tomorrow’s match on ESPN3, with coverage beginning at 1:30 PDT. Next meeting will be at  the Bernabéu Wednesday, August 29th at the same time on ESPN3.

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