Real Madrid have not gotten their season off to a good start. They draw against Valencia and then were beaten by Getafe in the league, results which sandwiched a 3-2 reverse in the first leg of the Super Cup against Barcelona. Yes, this is a glorified friendly. But with everything going against the defending La Liga champions at the moment -- except, perhaps, the arrival of Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur -- you'd have to imagine that Jose Mourinho and company will want to send out a statement here.
Angel di Maria's late goal (read: Victor Valdes' incredible mistake) will have given the hosts belief that they have some hope of coming back from their first-leg deficit. Can they? We'll find out shortly. Here's how to watch the game:
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. local
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
TV: ESPN Deportes (U.S.), Sky Sports 3 (U.K.), GolTV (Canada)
Streaming online: ESPN3
We'll have updates throughout the day and live coverage of the match in our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.