Luis Milla believes Real Madrid are favourites to prevail over two legs in their Supercopa de Espana clash with Barcelona.
The former Spain Under-21 and Olympic team boss had five years with Barca and seven at Real in an illustrious playing career, but considers Jose Mourinho’s men will have the edge over 180 minutes.
“Madrid have the advantage as they will be playing the return leg at home,” Milla told Cadena COPE.
“Both teams are very similar, although Barcelona have changed their Coach but not their way of playing and a positive for them is the return of David Villa.
“He is a decisive player because of his goals and he has given his team a boost, so he will be very important.
“Anyone that can guarantee 25 goals every season has got to be good for any team.”
Milla also commented on new Blaugrana signing Alex Song, whose move from Arsenal was finally sealed this week.
“He is a good signing taking into account that [Seydou] Keita and [Javier] Mascherano are the central defensive partnership.
“Song is a good alternative to play in Busquet’s position at any given time and it is a long season. He is a very interesting player with a similar profile to Keita.”
Finally, Milla alluded to Thiago Alcantara after the Barca midfielder missed out on the London Olympics through injury.
“I think Thiago can be a great player for Barcelona for the next 10 or 12 years and will be tremendously important for them. He is a great professional.
“He had a serious injury but is now in the final stages of recovery and I wish him all the best.”