It's a two-legged tie, with the first match tonight at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his call for the club's board to strengthen in the transfer market on Tuesday, but warned replacing the departed Neymar will be nearly impossible. Messi was given the chance to take his "clasico" goal record to 24 against Madrid when Luis Suarez was fouled by goalkeeper Keylor Navas. No matter what, Neymar will be missed in Spain.
Despite Neymar's departure however, FC Barcelona perhaps remain the only team in Europe that Real truly fear. Can someone else step up?
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the final weeks of the summer transfer window so we'll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Aleix Vidal, Pique, Umiti, Alba, Sergio, Iniesta, Rakitic, Deulofeu, Suarez, Messi.
The El Classico for the Super Cup will happen on August 14 at 12:15 PM IST. I'm pretty sure he's never scored a bad goal in his life.
They played some scintillating football towards the end of the season with star man Cristiano Ronaldo in his now usual otherworldly form and Isco on fire.
Ronaldo races to be fit for El Clasico
"I don't have the sensation we were as far away from them as the scoreline suggests", he said. "In any case, we keep our idea of going there to win the game and get the title". "We are focused on the game and whatever the talk is, we are only thinking about that", Barcelona official website quoted Ernesto as saying.
At the postmatch news conference Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said the second yellow was "a bit too much" and hoped Ronaldo could still be cleared to play in Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid showed their class again versus Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night.
The Catalans scored 10 goals more than Madrid, but the removal of Neymar will see the first-leg hosts reduced in potency.
"We will have to have more attacking players who can carry the weight of the game". It'll take a fearless man to bet against them doing just that.
'We are all well, flawless physically and mentally, ' Zidane said.