The Supercopper will face Real Madrid and Barcelona in the final, with Messi-Ramos expected to miss King Abdullah Sports Stadium. Where did he hope for Atletico! The pursuit of the El Clasico at the Saudi visitors’ backyard was not fulfilled this year at least.
Saudi officials wanted to exploit Barcelona and Real Madrid’s skyrocketing popularity among its visitors. That is why they signed a contract with the Spanish Federation – not just in Spain, but in Saudi, where the Super Cup will be held. The Spanish Federation will receive 1 million euros a year for the Supercopa, a total of 120 million euros.
The format used to be a Super Copa, the tournament would not be played this time if Real Madrid. Before the Super Copa, there were two-leg matches, the league champions and the Copa del Rey champions facing the Supercopa. If the two champions were ever on the same team, they would have played another final in Copa del Rey. That would have been the beginning of the season.
This time it didn’t happen. The season is now midway. The second-best team of La Liga and Copa del Rey has also been added to the tournament. Atletico Madrid has a second chance at La Liga. And Real Madrid has been selected from La Liga champions Barcelona Copa del Rey in the finals because of the more successful team between the two teams. It is not difficult to understand why the so-called teams, in the semifinals, have to make it to the finals by skipping the simple rules.
In the finals, two successful teams from Spain’s history will face Real Madrid and Barcelona, Saudi football fans will be shocked to see that match, the stadium will be overthrown – that is what the Saudi officials hoped. He met half of Real Madrid successfully but Barcelona is stuck. They beat Atletico Madrid 4-2 in the second semifinal last night. In fact, Messi-Suarez has poured some water into the hope of Saudi visitors.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde understands that Saudi Arabia’s main purpose was to bring Spain’s most successful football team to the country by playing Supercopa. Before the semifinals, he said, “The key is to become a football business. And if you do business, you must earn income. That is why we are here (Saudi Arabia). This is completely different from the version we adapted. It was the first title of the season. That was good to me. After switching, let’s see what happens. It’s good to have four teams but I don’t know how good it is from a sports perspective. ”
The semifinals also meant the popularity of Real and Barsa. Whenever the ball was going on Messi’s feet in the field, Saudi visitors were shouting support. Care for the teams like Valencia or Atletico for a bit! There was no support for these parties on the field. An undisclosed audience went out on the field yesterday to meet Messi. The popularity of the two groups can be seen by the examples in Saudi.
But despite thousands of attempts, Saudi Arabia could not make it to the Super Copa final at least this year. Let’s see if the expectations of Saudi visitors are met in the next two seasons!
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