Real Madrid always made guarantee the preferred standpoint heading into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde insisted the tie was not over ahead of Wednesday's second leg at the Bernabeu.
However, the fixture will be the first major game Barcelona will have played without Neymar Jnr at the club.
Madrid are overstocked with top quality, Barça looked short of their usual quality and fans hope that Philippe Coutinho will arrive from Liverpool before their first league game next Sunday against Real Betis, but first that ominous second leg in the Bernabeu.
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It will be interesting to see how Barca line up under their new manager, but home supporters will be sad to see the end of the MSN trio, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez forced to adapt to a new system.
They caught us in a one-versus-one situation and then scored one wonder goal and then another to make it 3-1.
Just five minutes after the second half started a disbelief conquered Camp Nou. Your best bet is to check who is showing the game in your country, and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.
Real's pre-season results are just poor as they've only managed to beat MLS Stars, but Los Blancos showed their real face in the UEFA Super Cup where they've dismantled Manchester United and only David de Gea and woodwork saved the Red Devils from catastrophic defeat.
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"Whoever scores first in these games has a huge advantage, and Madrid did very well on the counter-attack".
Speaking to reporters post-match, Valverde said: "I don't have the feeling that we were as far away from [Real Madrid] as the scoreboard indicates".
Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets said: "A 3-1 defeat at home is very hard to take; the tie seems very tough for us now but we'll try and make a go of it, even though we've made it nearly impossible for us. We're fighting for a trophy and it's an important step".
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