Arguably the most prestigious game in club football is about to happen this Sunday. It is Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona to face off each other in yet another Spanish Super Cup final. What’s different this time around is that the colosseum for this grand battle won’t be Santiago Bernabeu nor Camp Nou. Instead, it will be at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Will Xavi gets his first trophy as Barca Manager?
This match will give Xavi’s closest shot for his first silverware with the club after returning. Real Madrid will be looking to show-off their dominance and savageness in final yet again, and better yet against their bitter rivals, Los Cules.
How Barca & Madrid came to the FInals?
Barcelona and Real Madrid both looking in good shape after both had to go through the deadly penalties to reach the final. In the semi-finals Barcelona faced Real Betis which finished 1-1 after 90 minutes with Robert Lewandowski having his name in the score sheet. There was one goal each from the two teams again in extra time, this time Ansu Fati doing the honours. The dreaded penalties went in Barcelona’s favour with a 4-2 score.
The same happened in the semi-final of Real Madrid vs Valencia. Los Blancos superstriker Karim Benzema opened the scoring from the penalty spot. This was however equalized by Lino just a minute after half-time. And the game eventually reached into penalties where they won 4-3, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and of course, Karim Benzema converting their spot kicks.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo come today?
It’s been quite controversial among the Spanish football fans about the decision to move the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia. They aren’t very happy about their prestigious fixture since 1982 being moved on to the middle east. However, with this move, there is this possibility of former Real Madrid superstar, or simply told, one of the faces of football, Cristiano Ronaldo, attending this fixture. He is currently in Al Nassr with his new club (A move that shocked the whole footballing community), which is just 30 minutes away from the King Fahd Stadium.
Recent History of El Clasico
Last time these two rivals met in a Spanish Super Cup was in 2017 and Real Madrid won it 5-1. And we all remember how Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show with his goal to the top corner from the edge of the Barcelona box. At the time the final used to be a two-legged fixture. Now it is just one game to decide who is the winner of the night. The game will kick-off at 10pm local time, which is 8pm in Spain. In terms of the standard UK time, it will get underway at 7pm.
Injury Concerns & Who will miss today’s game?
Barcelona has a good team card in terms of health, but the same cannot be said for Real Madrid. Eder Miliato was replaced in the semi-final, Lucaz Vazquez ruled out for a month, while Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba both are missing the team flight due to injury as well.
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