The League gives way to Super Cup after a day 18 marked by the storm caused by the storm Filomena in many parts of the Spanish geography. The second edition of the new tournament, modified by the Spanish Football Federation (FEF) in 2019 to benefit the format of final to four between champions and runners-up in the League and Copa del Rey, premieres in national territory, after its controversial staging in Saudi Arabia last year.
The mobility limitations of the covid-19 have brought the renewed Super Cup to Andalusia, specifically to Cordoba, Malaga and Seville, venues for the semifinals and the grand final next Sunday. Barça and Real Sociedad, league runner-up and cup finalist waiting to settle the 2019-20 campaign title, will open hostilities tomorrow at the Nuevo Arcángel, in a duel that arrives at high hours for the Barça team, after managing to link three consecutive triumphs for the first time in the whole course in the wake of a Messi recovered for the cause at the best level.
The wards of Ronald Koeman They have managed to climb to third place in the league table, three points from Real Madrid and four from the Atlético leader, which yes, has played up to three fewer games, one of them today against Sevilla corresponding to the first day. However, the memories of the tournament in Can Barça bring the ghost of the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, the last manager to achieve some stability at the club, after the defeat in the semifinal against Atlético. While, the Royal Sheriff He is going through the opposite dynamic after adding a victory in the last nine league games, although he has a great opportunity to once again taste the sweet taste of lifting an official trophy more than 33 years later.
Already on Thursday it will be the turn to the league champion, Real Madrid, in front of the other Cup finalist, the Athletic. A classic that comes in the middle of the controversy over the chaotic white trip to Pamplona to dispute his duel last Saturday against Osasuna. The white expedition is already in the capital of the Costa del Sol, where it flew yesterday morning from Pamplona. He had been in the Navarrese city since last Friday, when he traveled from Madrid ‘in extremis’, after waiting on the plane for almost four hours, before the runway could be cleared for takeoff and the snowstorm forced to cancel all flights with origin or destination at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport.
Although the initial intention of the Madrid team was to return to the capital of Spain this Sunday, after playing their match against Osasuna in El Sadar on Saturday night, the situation finally forced them to change the route map to travel directly to yesterday. Malaga, where next Thursday they will face Athletic. They understand in the white set, where there is a deep discomfort with LaLiga and Javier Tebas for not suspending the match at El Sadar and forcing them to travel to Madrid, as Zidane himself stated in the post-match press conference, that it is more appropriate to train normally in Malaga and thus avoid the complicated conditions in those that are still found in the fields of Real Madrid City, in Valdebebas, where there are still certain difficulties of access and circulation.
The Lions’ they also suffered in first person the adversities of the severe weather, because they couldn’t land in Madrid after completing the plane trip from Bilbao, where they had to return at the last minute, thus suspending the clash against Atlético in the Metropolitano that was to be played on Saturday afternoon. After debuting against Barça in the League at San Mamés, Marcelino Garcia Toral He faces a new high-level commitment as an Athletic coach, who dreams of repeating the 2015 title, achieved precisely against the Catalans back and forth.