In their first games for the 2016/17 La Liga season, Barcelona and Real Madrid displayed character against rivals Real Betis and Real Sociedad. La Blaugranas won 6-2 and Los Blancos followed with a 3-0 victory.
Marca presents how the international media compared key players from both sides and their performances.
Image shows Bale in action against Real Sociedad.
Mirror: “Bale starts season as Madrid’s leader”
“Zidane puts faith in youth” “Asensio shines again” “Pepe may struggle to get his place back” “Alvaro Morata is desperately keen to succeed”
“Bale is a genuine superstar and with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema absent the burden of leading this attack will rest on Bale. Fortunately for Zidane, he was more than up to the task as Bale stepped up to the plate with the opening goal before doubling his tally late on.”
“No Ronaldo, no problem.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung: “Bale fires Madrid to victory”
L’Equipe: “Madrid do what was required against Real Sociedad”
“The win was less striking than that of Barcelona but the points gained are the same which is the most important thing for Madrid”
Le Figaro: “Madrid start their 2016/2017 campaign perfectly”
“Bale shows that he’s still in great shape after the Euros by scoring at the start and end of the game”.
“Young Marco Asensio rubber stamps the good feelings felt about him during pre-season and scored the second goal”.
Corriere dello Sport: “Madrid immediately responds to Barça”
“Success for Los Blancos who, after a tennis-like win for Barça against Betis (6-2), respond with authority in Anoeta”.
“Cristiano absent, Bale takes the weight of the team upon him once again and opens and closes the scoring. Between them, the diamond that is Asensio, again ahead of James and Lucas Vázquez”.
Image: Gareth Bale
La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Bale strikes, Real Sociedad K.O.”
“The European champions win 0-3 in San Sebastian: a brace from Bale and a great goal from young Asensio”.
“Despite being without Ronaldo, Pepe, Benzema, Modric and Navas, Madrid dictacted the rhythm and looked dangerous, especially with Morata”.
Tuttosport: “Madrid respond to Barcelona: 0-3 against Real Sociedad”
“A debut victory for Champions of Europe, Real Madrid, without Cristiano”.
A Bola: “Real Madrid defeat Real Sociedad”
“Madrid leave victorious after their trip to Real Sociedad”.
“Zidane leaves James and Isco on the bench. Waging an attack of Asensio and Morata”.
O Jogo: “Real Madrid win with the Portuguese, but with Bale”
“The Welshman scored twice on the night that Asensio impressed again after his great Super Cup goal”.
“Without Cristiano, Pepe and Coentrao Los Merengues battered Real Sociedad 0-3”.
Image: Marco Asesnsio
Bild: “Two for Bale in a victory for Real Madrid”
“The Spanish side had no problems and won with a clear 0-3 even without Cristiano, Modric, Benzema, Pepe and Keylor”.
El Tiempo: “With an assist from James, Real Madrid win 0-3 against Real Sociedad”
“With an early headed goal from the Welsh star Gareth Bale and an exquisite goal from the surprise package, Marco Asensio, Zidane’s side smooth the way with a first win of the season, without missing their main man Cristiano Ronaldo”.