12 August, 2017
Real Madrid, which in addition to winning La Liga won its second consecutive UEFA Champions League title last season, has not appeared in the Spanish Super Cup since.
It was not too long ago that Isco was considered a luxury player at Real Madrid.
The FC crew look at Barcelona as underdogs against rivals Real entering their two-legged showdown in the Spanish Super Cup.
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Real Madrid had some poor results and performances in pre-season, but improved dramatically when defeating Manchester United 2-1 in the European Supercup on Tuesday night. "I'm happy for working so well with my staff. We are enjoying our job a lot".
However, he did not confirm whether Isco would replace the suspended Luka Modric at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
Barca are still reeling from the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record €222 million (Dh964.6m) with their attempts to land a replacement in Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund so far falling short.
Valverde will be desperate to get off to the ideal start with Barcelona and take an advantage going into the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday، August 16.
"They have had changes but Barcelona are Barcelona".
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 past year.
"Neymar isn't replaceable but there will be others that will do very well".
"If we think it will be easier [to face Barcelona without Neymar], we are mistaken".