Regardless of the sport, a side needs to have its best players perform in the biggest matches. Los Blancos have a few players of note, but there are problems that will keep them from being competitive with Barca.
Not all of the concerns stem from who will be present and able to go. The psychological signs of a certain player also points in favor of the chaps in red and blue.
That Lionel Messi is Pretty Good
The Chicago Bulls of the 1990s won because they had Michael Jordan. The Brazilian team of the 1994 World Cup boasted Ramario playing at the top of his game. That is where Lionel Messi currently finds himself. He has garnered every serious individual award and is still only 25-years-old.
Are there even words to use to describe a player who finished up club competition last year with a whopping 73 goals? How about when he tacks on 29 assists as well? And let's not forget the three goals and two assists he provided during the 2011 matchup with Los Blancos in this very competition.
Yet, the scariest part is that he isn't alone.
David Villa is Back and isn't Scared of the Big Stage
In case you've missed it, Villa is back and at it like an addict. He missed the last eight months with a broken leg and returned in style by notching a goal.
A healthy Villa gives Barca another finisher to pair with Messi's creativity. Consider the previous problem compounded.
No Pepe Doesn't Mean No Problem
Now things start to get down right horrific for the club from the capitol.
Not only will they face off against a potent offensive attack, they will do so without their best defender.
Pepe will not be cleared to play after a nasty head collision with his keeper during the season opener. The previously mentioned players will surely exploit his absence as Los Blanco struggle in games without Pepe, failing to win once out of four matches.
Cristiano Ronaldo Doesn't Seem in Form
One game does not define a season, but when it's all we have to go on, observations and extrapolations can be made.
Ronaldo, by all accounts, looked listless in the match against Valencia. There doesn't appear to be a reason to sound out a warning at this time. However, Real Madrid needs everyone hitting on all cylinders to have a chance. Ronaldo isn't quite there yet.
For all these reasons, Barca supporters can begin to revel in another SuperCopa championship at the expense of their rival.