The snowstorm keeps in the air the dispute of the Osasuna-Real Madrid and Atlético-Athletic matches that must be played this Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s team, trapped for five hours on the plane at Barajas airport, took off almost four hours late on the scheduled time, while the Biscayan team had to return to Bilbao, since they could not land in the capital. as the tracks are closed. The matches that were suspended this Friday in Segunda, delayed to Sunday, were Mirandés-Rayo Vallecano and Alcorcón-Albacete. The Rayo players had to turn around after getting off the coach to help the cars that were stopped on the road in the Community of Madrid, where there was real chaos from the afternoon due to the snow.
Real Madrid should have taken off at 7:00 p.m., but as a result of the heavy snowfall on the capital, it was not able to do so until around 11:00 p.m., after the players and the coaching staff were stranded inside of the plane for five hours, waiting to receive the order to take off for Pamplona. Madrid was outraged at LaLiga for having to suffer such torture by forcing the team to fly on Friday afternoon, when the weather situation was worst, finally the squad got the green light to fly to the Navarran capital. Real Madrid landed in Pamplona at 11:15 p.m. this Friday.
The club chaired by Florentino Pérez, following the recommendation of the employer’s association, brought forward to this Friday the displacement that he had planned to carry out on Saturday morning, and the consequence for the players was being forced to hold on inside the plane until they had a runway free and receive permission to take off. The Osasuna-Real Madrid match should be played at 9:00 p.m., but forecasts speak that at the time of the match it will continue to snow in Pamplona, where on Saturday’s day it is expected that between five and ten centimeters of snow will fall. Just in case, LaLiga has articulated an alternative plan that would delay the match at 12:00 on Sunday, in case the El Sadar grass is not in condition on Saturday.
Even more threatened seems to be Atlético-Athletic in the Wanda Metropolitano, and not so much because of the state of the grass, but because the Basque team must have been flying over Madrid for three-quarters of an hour as there was no track available in Barajas and had to return to the Biscayan capital. Athletic will try to fly again this Saturday to Madrid to be able to face the leader of the League from 4:15 p.m.