Madrid, Aug 28: Luka Modric has little time to adapt to new surroundings as Real Madrid chases its first victory of the season Wednesday against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.
Madrid signed Modric from Tottenham on Monday, a day after a shock loss at Getafe continued its worst start in nearly 40 years. Madrid trails Barcelona 3-2 going into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Madrid spent a reported $44 million on the attacking player with its defense, missing Pepe, struggling and having conceded five goals in two straight losses.
Barcelona has won all three of its matches this season and has opened up a five-point gap to Madrid in the league.
Defender Carles Puyol could be available despite a fractured right cheekbone.