Firstly, what a wonderful display of football last night.
Often El Classico's are marred by controversy, negative tactics, chronic diving—there still was some theatrics, but nothing like recent years—and general ugliness, but the first leg of this year's Spanish Super Cup was a rather tame, and therefore enjoyable, affair.
Real Madrid was always going to have a lot less of the ball, and Barcelona was always going to weave intricate passes and gobble up possession; but fans and neutrals could hardly accuse either team of their most unfavorable tendencies.
Barcelona, for instance, was never overly cautious in its normal tiki taka passing, at least to the extent of being "boring" and "unadventurous." The team's two midfield maestros, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, were frequently quite bold in their movement and dribbling, with the most telling example being the fact that Xavi finished a trademark maze-like dribble by Iniesta in the six-yard box to put the Catalan side up 3-1.
Madrid, too, was laudable in its approach. Real had a lot less of the ball—probably more than they liked at 27 percent (via Catradio)—but Mourinho never ordered his players to "park the bus," something they very well could have at 1-0 away at the Nou Camp.
And so there's much to talk about the actual game itself, and that's refreshing to say the least. Here are the six biggest storylines from the game: