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Marco Asensio is a diamond

A debut in a new competition generally means a goal for Marco Asensio, and so it proved again in the Supercopa de Espana ; the youngster was a diamond that continued to sparkle for Real Madrid.

Last season he achieved it in the European Super Cup (Sevilla), LaLiga (Real Sociedad), Champions League (Legia) and Copa del Rey (Cultural Leonesa).

On Sunday, another, far from ordinary, goal was dispatched to put the gloss on a commanding performance from Los Blancos.

It was a strike to give the title to Madrid, unless Messi says otherwise at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Zinedine Zidane knows that Asensio has to be pampered, to be given minutes on the pitch, and certainly more minutes than last season.

The player has earned it with his performances and, after the departures of Alvaro Morata and James, is closer to the starting line-up than ever before.

Though the coach started the game against Barcelona by using Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in attack, the truth is that Real improved immeasurably when Cristiano Ronaldo and Asensio came on.

The latter has the world at his feet, and now is the time to let them do the talking.

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