Cristiano Ronaldo's appeal of his five-match suspension following his red card in the Spanish Supercopa has been denied by Spain's Administrative Court of Sport. The Real Madrid star will now be forced to miss his club's next three games. Ronaldo received his ban for shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after receiving two yellow cards in the first leg 3-1 win over Barcelona.
Ernesto Valverde’s debut in La Liga as Barcelona coach was a lot better than his two losses against Real Madrid in the Supercup. The question is if he can continue this form going into the season against tougher opposition. Pre-match tactical drawings showed Gerard Deulofeu on the right, Lionel Messi in the center, and Paco Alcacer on the left, in a 4-3-3 formation. And that was apparently what Barça were aiming for at the start of the match, with Alcacer and Deulofeu on the wings as Messi kicked off. It wasn’t that all the time, though, just part of it. Alcacer tended to drift into the center-forward position as Messi dropped back into the “false nine” role. Sergi Roberto, theoretically the
Iniesta's comments about his Barca future makes ESPN FC's Paul Mariner question where the club will stand moving forward.