Barcelona claim Supercup

Barcelona claim Supercup

Barcelona, Aug 18 (IANS) Spanish football champions FC Barcelona lifted the first title of the Spanish domestic season with a 3-0 second leg win over Sevilla that gave them a 5-0 aggregate victory over Sevilla in the Spanish Supercup.

Arda Turan scored twice with Lionel Messi adding another as Barcelona enjoyed a relatively placid game here on Wednesday, reports Xinhua.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique rotated his first team squad ahead of Saturday’s La Liga opening game at home to Real Betis.

He said he was pleased with what he had seen on the pitch, except for a muscle injury which will cause defender Javier Mascherano to miss Saturday’s league debut.

“We like to win titles and you can see that in the intensity of the players,” said Enrique after the match.

“We need to evolve and to improve as football cannot be anchored in the past. Players and coaches are doing that,” he said.

He also highlighted the depth of the Barcelona squad, which was proved as players such as Arda, Denis Suarez, Samuel Umtiti and Munir all started.

“We can’t have just 11 players, but 22 or 23 for the season. We have to work collectively in order to be stronger and play with maximum energy all season in order to see the same Barcelona as in the past two seasons.”

“I am happy with everyone and we have the intention of winning the league again,” he concluded.

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