Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde admits Neymar's transfer affecting his team

Cristiano Ronaldo gets five-match ban after shoving ref

The first time Zinedine Zidane met Antonio Pintus, the Frenchman ended the day dry heaving at the side of the pitch.

He had spent seasons on loan at Everton (2013-14) and Sevilla (2014-15) before being bought by the English club.

Meanwhile, Barcelona introduced their latest signing today with the unveiling of Paulinho and, irrespective of his playing merits, signing a 29 year-old for €40million is exactly the kind of move that Real Madrid no longer make.

Deulofeu spent the second half of last season on loan at AC Milan, scoring four league goals in 17 games.

Ronaldo was penalised for pushing the referee after he was sent off during the Blancos' 3-1 win over Barcelona in Sunday's first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, reports Efe. Real start their title defence away at Deportivo La Coruna Sunday.

"So far we are working really hard, mostly running sessions - we are doing training sessions with the ball as well".

"It's hard", he says with a wry smile. It is like a second home for the Argentine, who is a product of the Barcelona academy. Benzema's superb finish sealed the deal for Madrid as the match ended 2-0 leaving Real victorious.

Asensio picked up right where he left off in the first-leg of the Super Cup.

"All clubs will pay homage to the victims and their families after the tragedy in Barcelona", Spanish league officials said in a statement.

Valverde said he did not know if or when Coutinho and Dembele might join after the club's general manager Pep Segura said their signings were "close".

The club tweeted on Thursday: "Deeply saddened by the attack on our city".

"He set up preseason in that way, he wants us to have a good base for the rest of the season. Everything changes with a victory".

Usually, Barcelona is the team known for having the best midfield attack in Spain and even the world.

Pique admits that, for the first time in his near-decade long stint at Camp Nou since returning from Manchester United, it is the capital club who have the clear advantage. It seems exaggerated and ridiculous, this is called persecution!

Now, without top spot and the sensationally departed Neymar, the Blaugrana could find comfort and inspiration in the challenge of trying to slingshot Madrid's Goliath between the eyes once more.

Still, Barca was going strong with Xavi who was still a central member of the squad with Cesc Fabregas in the background as a potential replacement.

"We are not in the best moment as a team or a club".