Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has criticized the timing of Spain's friendly against Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
The encounter takes place at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium just over a week before the first leg of their Super Cup clash against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on August 22.
"There's a little way to go, but the base is there and the pieces have come together," Alonso told AS. "It's been a short pre-season because we haven't had much time and now we're heading off with the national team and we'll be away for a few days, but we're used to it. It isn't anything new and we hope to start the year well."
Real start their campaign at the Bernabeu against Valencia , who finished third behind los Blancos and Barcelona last term.
"We have to be ready because they are matches that require you to give 100% and we have to be in peak form right from the start," Alonso added. "We can't think that it's going to ...