'I'm ready for Barca'

Real Madrid go into night’s Spanish Super Cup second-leg against rivals Barcelona knowing a victory is the only option if they are to take the first title of the season.

Anything less will add to a disappointing start to a campaign in which Madrid are yet to win in 3 games, including the 3-2 defeat to Barca in the first-leg at the Nou Camp last Thursday.

Newcomer: Real Madrid’s Luka Modric. Pic/Getty Images

The 2-1 defeat at Getafe on Sunday night, their first league defeat in 2012, means Real have a single point on the board in the league and are already five behind Barca, who won 2-1 at Osasuna on the same evening. One piece of good news for Madrid was the end of the summer-long transfer saga involving Luka Modric’s move to the Spanish capital from Tottenham Hotspur.

Modric was finally presented to Madrid fans on Monday, perhaps too late to make an appearance in tonight’s game, but the player himself has not ruled out making a debut. “I feel good, I still have to train with the rest of the team but I’m ready to play against Barca. I have not had games but I have trained with the fitness coach and worked hard and I had one game for Croatia. Hopefully I will need (only) a couple of games to get fit,” he said. —  

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