Liverpool and other top clubs have been linked with Spanish worldwide and Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio this summer.
Otherwise, the two sides would have to play out identical draws in this season's Clasicos, or win one each by identical scorelines - with Madrid having to have a better goal difference overall, for the Index's outcome to come true.
Lionel Messi scores their first goal from the penalty spot Credit Reuters
On the tight match at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, he added: "Madrid is a very powerful team and we are happy".
"Neymar can not be replaced - there is nobody like him". If we think it's going to be easier [without Neymar] then we're wrong. If we continue this way, it is because of the effort, being united and preparing the games.
The 25-year-old actually signed the deal in July, before heading to the United States for Real's pre-season tour, but it was agreed not to make the extension public until this month. But I know where I am and what I must do.
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FANS up and down the country will be eagerly awaiting the Premier League kick-off this weekend, writes John Dolan . Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal .
You can also follow all the action from Camp Nou right here on AS English, with our inimitable live coverage. "I'm not really too anxious about whether Neymar is there or not".
In that case, Isco could cover Modric's absence in the middle of the park, with Ronaldo forming an attacking trident alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. It can be done.
Zidane suggested he would prefer the Spanish Super Cup to be decided over a single game rather than two fixtures in the build up to next weekend's La Liga kick-off. In one year, maybe I won't be here.
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This will be the first major test for new coach Ernesto Valverde, who replaced Luis Enrique at the start of the summer and a win would go a long way in easing the pressure on the former Athletic Club Bilbao boss.
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