Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said Manchester United lacked ‘negotiating experience.’
Gareth Bale overshadowed an out-of-sorts Cristiano Ronaldo on a night where Real Madrid pumped in five goals.
Neymar missed this month’s European and Spanish Super Cups, as well as last weekend’s 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.
Real Madrid’s hopes of beating Real Betis could be boosted by the return from injury of Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid’s new coach Rafa Benitez is under pressure early in his stint with the club as they face Real Betis in their League opener.
Atletico de Madrid got their La Liga campaign up and running in less than a convincing fashion.
Real begin their latest La Liga campaign on Sunday at promoted Sporting Gijon.
Facing trouble to field the right combination, Jordi Alba’s presence will help Barcelona’s prospects.
Pepe, 32, has helped Madrid win the Champions League and two Spanish league titles in eight seasons.
Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo acted after Pique strode angrily up to the linesman and yelled in his face.
Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid will kick off their season against Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
The return leg is at the Nou Camp on Monday but even for Lionel Messi and company it may be asking too much to win.
Turkey captain Arda joined Barca this week after four seasons at Atletico Madrid.
Alves spoke angrily at a news conference last month when he said he felt that he was not appreciated at Barcelona.
The Brazilian right-back was being linked to a move to Manchester United this summer.
Benitez will be tasked with ending Madrid’s dismal record of one Spanish title in seven seasons.
Former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea manager Benitez has already announced his exit from Serie A side Napoli.
The Brazilian was treated to a chorus of boos from the Athletic fans and given some rough treatment by rival defenders.
Spanish champions look to win the Champions League against Juventus on June 6 to complete the treble.
Barca’s South American attacking trio have netted a Spanish record 120 goals in all competitions this season.
After the match, Portugal captain Ronaldo posted a message on his Twitter feed with a photograph of himself and Ancelotti.
Deportivo La Coruna came back from 2-0 down away at champions Barcelona to spoil a homage to Xavi Hernandez.
Luis Suarez picked up the injury in Barca’s semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich.
With Barca, Xavi has won three Champions League crowns, eight La Liga titles and a host of other trophies.
Lionel Messi scored 41 goals in 37 La Liga appearances this term.
Real Madrid will finish runner-up despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat trick in a 4-1 win at Espanyol.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale’s agent.
Barcelona moved within touching distance of a fifth La Liga title in seven years and piled pressure on chasing Real Madrid.
The pressure was on Ancelotti’s men after Barcelona had mauled Getafe 6-0 on Tuesday.
It was the first time Getafe, who are 13th, have conceded five goals in the first half of a La Liga match.
It was a high-scoring thriller but Madrid managed to hang on to their lead till the referee’s whistle.
Lionel Messi scores his 400th goal for Barcelona in hard-fought win over Valencia.
Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Eibar earlier in the day means the European champions now trail Barca by just two points.
Suarez netted two goals after Messi opened the scoring to guide Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over Almeria.
Portugal forward Ronaldo struck three times in eight minutes in the first half and added two headers after the break.
Rodriguez, sustained the injury in the league game against Sevilla in early February.