Real Madrid and Athletic Club will face each other this Thursday in the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup in La Rosaleda (9pm, #Vamos). Those of Zidane, current champions of the trophy, start as favorites to be on Sunday in the final of the Cartuja de Sevilla. But Marcelino García Toral’s side, convinced of their options, do not want to miss one of the few opportunities they may have to add a title. In fact, the Lions cling to the feat of 2015, when they overthrew Luis Enrique’s Barça with a convincing 4-0 win in San Mamés in the first leg and would end up giving them the title when the final was only between the Cup and League champions.
Real Madrid defends the title won in Saudi Arabia just a year ago. The whites found in the East the seriousness and constancy that, months later, would make them win the League. A non-existent regularity this season. Those of Zidane have gone through all the extremes. From ridiculous noises to firecracker and handkerchief victories. A fact of complex understanding for the neutral spectator and also for the Madrid fans themselves.
Atlético de Madrid, Barça, Sevilla and Inter Milan have suffered the best white version this season, while Cádiz, Alava, Shaktar and Elche have taken advantage of their worst side . Like throwing a coin in the air, Real Madrid’s game is completely unpredictable. It remains to be seen whether in a category scenario like this Zidane’s footballers are able to give their best or go home empty-handed.
Athletic will look to surprise the whites, a finalist in last year’s Copa del Rey in a pending final to play against their eternal rival, Real Sociedad. With a new coach and new ideas, the Basque team wants to beat Madrid. One week ago, in the league defeat against Barça, we could already see some touches of football played by Marcelino’s teams: 4-4-2, with a solid defense and a direct game after recovering the ball. With Raúl García and Muniain in the creation and Williams attacking the spaces, the Lions will want to hurt Real Madrid on the counterattack.
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