A goalless draw on a crisp Catalan night at the Camp Nou against Atlético Madrid was enough to secure the silverware in the Spanish Super Cup, contested between the reigning La Liga and King’s Cup champions.
The prolific Brazilian prodigy, Neymar, made his first start for Barcelona alongside the world’s best Lionel Messi. Though the two dynamos couldn’t connect for a goal on this occasion, a fiercely physical affair, Neymar’s headed finish after coming on as a substitute last week in a 1-1 tie at the Estadio Vicente Calderón in Madrid meant the two-legged tie was settled on his away goal.
Martino, the Barcelona manager, dedicated the triumph to Tito Villanova, who left the post in July amid health concerns.
Watching his men claim a record 11th Spanish Super Cup, the former Blaugrana gaffer surely is smiling now.