Ramos keeping optimistic about Real Madrid chances against Barcelona in Supercopa

Sergio Ramos was left to rue Barcelona’s opening goal in Real Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of the Supercopa, but insisted all is still to play for in the tie ahead of the return fixture.

The Blancos go into next week’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu on the back of a slight deficit to their Clasico rivals, but Angel Di Maria’s late goal, aided by a mistake from Victor Valdes, leaves the trophy up for grabs.

Ramos told reporters: “We went into the first leg not wanting to lose, we were disappointed with the first goal as it was always going to be difficult if they scored.”

“I’m optimistic that in the second game we can remain calm and win.”

Pepe, who was forced off in the first leg, is expected to miss the game against Getafe at the weekend with Raul Albiol expected to deputise.

Ramos spoke about his the Portuguese defender’s importance to the side, before stating that his countryman is more than capable of replacing him

“No-one doubts the importance of Pepe to the team, but we have great depth and Albiol is a great asset who can perform perfectly as a starter,” noted the Spain stopper.

Madrid face their city rivals on Sunday before resuming Supercopa duties three days later on August 29.

Real Madrid will do everything to win Supercopa, vows Di Maria after Barcelona loss

Angel Di Maria has insisted that Real Madrid will do “everything” possible to win the second leg of their Supercopa clash against Barcelona next week, after falling to a 3-2 reverse at Camp Nou.

The result leaves the Catalan giants taking a slender one-goal advantage into the return leg, but with the scoreline finely poised, the winger, who scored a crucial second for his side, is backing his side to overturn their deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“The result is not good for us, but we are calm. Playing at home, with our fans behind us, we will do everything possible to win the match and the trophy,” Di Maria told the club’s official website.

“We knew what we were facing, Barcelona always play the same way and we wanted to play the game that we have played in recent visits to Camp Nou.

“We played until the end, and we were rewarded and have kept ourselves in the tie.”

Jose Mourinho’s men welcome Barca to the capital for the return leg next Wednesday evening, with both teams returning to Liga action at the weekend.

Maicon wanted by Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid, claims agent

Inter full-back Maicon is being chased by Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid this summer, according to the player’s agent.

Having expressed a desire to explore a new challenge, the Italian giants are willing to listen to offers as they look to shift on some of the more experienced members of their squad on high wages and the player’s representative Roberto Calenda has named the clubs after the player.

“There is interest from Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea in the player,” Calenda told Calciomercato.

“There is no possibility that he goes to AC Milan or Juventus.

“He has worn the Nerazzurri shirt for six seasons and has too much respect for the fans to betray them in that manner.

“He could also yet remain at Inter.”

With Chelsea recently completing a deal to sign Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, it remains to be seen whether they still remain in the race for the Brazilian.

However, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is known to be anxious to add some depth to his squad before the transfer window closes as he seeks to bolster his squad in a bid to retain the Premier League title this term.

Cartoon of the Day: Valdes plays the clown as Barcelona blunder leaves Real Madrid laughing

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been left looking the clown after his late blunder allowed Real Madrid to pull a goal back in the Supercopa El Clasico clash which ended 3-2 on Thursday night.

The first leg at Camp Nou was going in the Catalan giants’ favour as goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and Xavi replied to Cristiano Ronaldo’s opening headed goal.

However, Valdes’ heavy touch from a pass back led to Angel Di Maria easily pouncing on the loose ball and ensuring the cup competition is not over with the second leg of the tie to be played next Wednesday.

Valdes plays the clown as Barcelona blunder leaves Real Madrid laughing

Butragueno confident Real Madrid will win Spanish Supercopa

Emilio ButragueƱo - Real Madrid

Emilio ButragueƱo – Real Madrid

Emilio Butragueno is confident that Real Madrid will make amends for Thursday’s 3-2 Spanish Supercopa first-leg loss against Barcelona at Camp Nou in the return at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos went 1-0 up in the 55th minute courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo header, but goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and Xavi helped the Catalans to a seemingly-comfortable 3-1 lead.

But Angel Di Maria pulled one back in the closing stages thanks to a Victor Valdes error to make sure the tie is still wide open, and Butragueno is confident Madrid will eventually come out victorious.

“All the players are mentally prepared for these matches. The Spanish Supercopa can still go either way,” the 49-year-old was quoted as saying on the official Madrid website.

“It will be a very attractive second leg and I’m sure we’ll be able to win with the fans’ support, and give our supporters more cause for celebration.”

The second leg takes place at the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, and is scheduled to kick off at 22:30CET.