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Simeone Is Ready to Drop Valverde.

Updated on January 8, 2020
Valverde relies on Lionel Messi (AFP)
Valverde relies on Lionel Messi (AFP)

Saudi Arabia will host the second semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup, which will bring together last season's La Liga champions Barcelona and fourth-placed Atlético Madrid in La Liga (21:00 BST). It is a new experience of its kind, a historical precedent for which Saudi Arabia has spent large numbers of millions. Saudi money benefits Riyadh to polish its image, while Spanish football benefits in order to develop itself.

In February 2019, the Spanish Football Federation decided to make major changes to the laws governing the Spanish Super Cup, some of which are financial and other administrative. One of the most notable of these decisions is the holding of the tournament away from Spain for the second year in a row, after it was held at the beginning of last season in Tangier, Morocco. Changes or modifications have not stopped there, and among the decisions taken by the Spanish Federation, the number of participants in the tournament has increased to four clubs. In the current edition, the Spanish champions Barcelona, along with the second and third place holders in the league rankings, are real Madrid and their rivals Atlético Madrid. As for the fourth and final club participating in this tournament, the title holder of the Copa del Rey, Valencia.

There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia will be the most beneficial beneficiary of this tournament, which is the first of its kind on its territory. Saudi Arabia faces a large number of lawsuits in many files, and a number of human rights organizations and organizations and associations consider that Riyadh "does not respect human rights", including the Spanish channel "RTI" which refused to apply for transport rights for this reason. So it seeks through this tournament to polish its image, and make public opinion forget the excesses it has made during the past period, and those that it is doing today. This project is not new, but the process of polishing through sports began a while ago, specifically when Saudi Arabia hosted the "Classico World" between the Argentine and Brazilian teams late last year in the capital Riyadh (2019).

As for the new tournament system, the video will be cut short of four matches that will be watched by Saudi fans in Jeddah. Among them are two semi-finals (one played yesterday), one final, and another meeting that determines the third and fourth places. In this context, the identity of the clubs participating in the tournament is determined through the pre-season of the competition, where both the Champions of La Liga and his bridesmaids, as well as the champion of the Copa del Rey and his bridesmaids, as well as the champion of the Cup of the King of Spain and his bridesmaids. Since the champions of La Liga are Barcelona, who are appointed by the summer of Valencia, the local cup champions, it is only natural that al-Atlété and Real Madrid, who finished last season, are in third and second place respectively in the La Liga standings.

Technically, Real Madrid will benefit greatly from this tournament in order to create greater harmony among the players (even if they do not win the title). French coach Zinedine Zidane is one of his most prominent and comfortable periods since the start of the current season and the disastrous end of last season. Stability in the main line-up, minor changes and "creation" of new players in the team, put the "Miringi" in second place with only the goal difference from the first place Barcelona (40 points each). Based on the level of the four clubs participating in the tournament. Specifically in the last two months, it can be said that Real Madrid will try to take advantage of this tournament to develop itself and further improve the level. What is no different is that the team is evolving week after week and performing well in most of their games this season, especially at the tactical level, which has helped them form a solid defensive line. The royal club suffers from many absences, most notably former Chelsea player Eden Hazard, but at the same time, the French coach has many solutions to compensate him. What the Real Madrid fans are also optimistic about is the level of some of the players who have been going through good periods in recent times, and talk here about french striker Karim Benzema, German midfielder Toni Kroos, Brazilian Casemiro, Belgian goalkeeper Tebo Courtois and finally the player, the surprise this season Uruguayan Federico Valverde will play an important role.

On paper, and in relation to the list of names that the coaches of the clubs participating in the Spanish championship, there is no doubt that Barcelona is ranked first in the list of candidates to win the title. But when there is a man sitting on the bench of the team substitutes named Ernesto Valverde, here you must be very careful in what It's about expectations. Barcelona, despite their poor results this season with Valverde, are still among the scariest clubs when they play at the Camp Nou, and it is very difficult to lose (the Catalan club have not suffered any losses at the Camp Nou stadium in 2019). Unfortunately, the tournament will be held in Jeddah, and everyone who follows, fans and critics are aware of how much FC Barcelona suffers when it plays outside the stadium, even if this stadium is a neutral stadium (the three matches will be played at the Stadium of King Abdullah Sports City known as the "Radioactive Jewel", Which seats 62,345 spectators). This season, the Catalan club have played 13 away matches in various leagues, with only six wins, although most of the matches were against third and fourth-tier opponents, while they have suffered three losses and a draw in four matches.

It is a tournament that can be described as "experimental" on Saudi soil, as it is the first of its kind, and it can also be described as the "millions" championship, because of the large money the host country will pay. It is not possible to predict who will be the first of its kind to be the holder of this historic title, the men of Argentine coach Diego Simeone are well-versed and framed the title that has been absent from their lockers in recent years.

Real Madrid to the final

Real Madrid booked the first card in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, which is held for the first time in the form of a mini-quad championship, with an easy victory yesterday against Valencia 3-1 at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium "Radioactive Jewel" in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Real Madrid, who won the title 10 times, most recently in 2017, sealed the first-half match against Valencia, who were crowned orphan in 1999, with two goals that brought the signing of Toni Kroos from a direct corner and a fatal mistake from the goalkeeper (15) and ISCO after a scathing inside the area (39). In the second best player in the world former Croatian Luka Modric won a beautiful goal (65), before Danny Barrejo scored an honorary goal from a penalty kick in the penalty area.

This is the 15th match without a loss to Real Madrid in all competitions, despite the absence of Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane belgian strikers Eden Hazar, Frenchkarim Benzema and Welshman Gareth Bale due to injury. Zidane made three changes to the winning line-up against Getave 3-0 in the league, returning the heart of the suspended Sergio Ramos, and Gab Benzema and Bale. Valencia's attacking star Rodrigo Moreno, on the other hand, missed out on the injury, and coach Albert Silades pushed the youngster Ferran Torres.

Barcelona, the champions of the last two seasons, lost in last season's Copa del Rey final to Valencia 1-2, Madrid, Atlético and Real Madrid, after finishing the 2018-2019 season in second and third place respectively in the league standings. The Spanish federation has reached an agreement under which Saudi Arabia will host the competition for three years with a deal of 120 million euros, which the local federation intends to spend on the development of women's football, lower-class tournaments and Futsal, he announced.

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