Karanka: Real can bring home the Supercup
Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka believes the Spanish Supercup can be theirs if they can match the performance they produced in Sunday's first-leg against Barcelona in tomorrow's return meeting at the Nou Camp.
The first leg finished in a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu with Madrid taking an early lead through Mesut Ozil. Barcelona hit back to take a 2-1 lead at half-time through David Villa and Lionel Messi goals, but Real drew level thanks to Xabi Alonso.
The result leaves European and Spanish champions Barça holding a slight advantage ahead of tomorrow's second leg, but Karanka is confident Madrid can clinch the first piece of silverware up for grabs this season if they perform as well as they did at home.
"If we play like at the Bernabeu we can bring the the Supercup to Madrid," Karanka said. "We had chances to win the game. If we create the same in Barcelona I'm sure they will go in.
"We are focused on the game. We are playing for a title and we are going there with a scoreline which requires us to win.
"The team has to go out looking for the win from the start, play at a good level like the other day and hopefully what is seen on the pitch is reflected on the scoresheet."
Karanka, who took tonight's pre-match press conference instead of head coach Jose Mourinho, also revealed Madrid would be tinkering with their startling line-up. "There will be changes. We know the XI that will start, but we aren't going to announce it," he said.
Madrid have named a 22-man squad for the trip to the Nou Camp, with Esteban Granero, Alvaro Morata and Tomas Mejias added to the group. Summer signings Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop are still missing through injury.