Madrid: Real Madrid and Barcelona renew their Spanish Super Cup rivalry on Thursday when Tito Vilanova faces Jose Mourinho at the stadium where the two coaches famously clashed last year.
Barcelona hosts the first leg at the Camp Nou. Last August's match ended with both teams brawling on the field and Madrid coach Mourinho poking Vilanova in the eye with his finger. Barcelona won 5-4 on aggregate.
File picture of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Messi. Reuters
Mourinho apologized for the incident earlier this summer as he looked to calm tensions before his first meeting with Vilanova as a fellow head coach.
Vilanova, who was an assistant to Pep Guardiola last season, has had a better start to the league after Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 5-1 while Madrid drew 1-1 with Valencia.