Barcelona v Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup team news

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Barcelona v Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup team news

Cristiano Ronaldo misses out as Zidane opts for Benzema and Bale in attack. For Barcelona, Deulofeu fills in for Neymar on the left of a front three.

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Cristiano Ronaldo misses out as Zidane opts for Benzema and Bale in attack. For Barcelona, Deulofeu fills in for Neymar on the left of a front three
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Barcelona host Real Madrid in the first leg of the 2017 Spanish Super Cup, the first Clásico of the 2017/18 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench for Real Madrid, with Bale, Isco, and Benzema all starting. Gerard Deulofeu makes his 'second debut' for Valverde's Barcelona.

Follow Matt's minute-by-minute coverage of the match right here with AS English. 

Barcelona: team news

Gerard Deulofeu makes his second debut for the Azulgrana, after the club exercised a buy-back clause in his Everton contract. 

Rafael is a long-term absentee, but otherwise Ernesto Valverde had a full squad at his disposal for his first competitive match as Barcelona manager. 

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Aleix Vidal, Piqué, Umtití, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Deulofeu.

Real Madrid: team news

Zidane has opted to start with Isco, and Ronaldo is the 'BBC' member who does not start as a result. Although many expected Bale to drop to the bench, this move does not come as a great surprise, given Ronaldo's lack of playing time in pre-season. 

Luka Modric is suspended as a result of a red card he picked up in the 2014 Super Cup final. Fellow Croatian Mateo Kovacic will replace him in the midfield. 

Real Madrid XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kovacic, Kroos, Isco; Benzema, Bale.

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