Revealed Jan 09, 2020
Jan 09, 2020 IST
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is but to be satisfied by the modifications made to the Supercopa de Espana, conceding he prefers the earlier format.
The Supercopa de Espana was historically a two-legged affair performed between the winners of LaLiga and the Copa del Rey firstly of the season, however following final time period’s one-off assembly between Barca and Sevilla in Tangier, Morocco, the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) went forward with a full revamp.
As a substitute of simply two groups being concerned, the Supercopa has been expanded to additionally embody the runners-up from LaLiga and the Copa – that means Barca and Valencia are joined by Actual Madrid and Atletico Madrid. It’s also set to be hosted in Saudi Arabia for the subsequent three editions.
Many have criticised RFEF’s resolution to take the competitors to Saudi Arabia and Valverde urged he favours the outdated format.
“It’s a completely different format than we’re used to,” Valverde stated forward of Barca’s semi-final in opposition to Atletico on Thursday.
“It is a closing match and we strategy it as a league sport, figuring out that we’re in search of victory and we all know how troublesome it’s to play in opposition to Atleti.
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“We already noticed it within the league, which we solved in the long run. In the event that they [the authorities] give me a selection, I favor the earlier format.
“It has all the time been the primary title of the season, the sport that opens the season, and I believed it was good. The Supercopa format has been modified and we are going to see how it’s.
“We should keep in mind that the soccer we’re concerned in is an business, sources of earnings are sought and in the identical manner that there are particular connotations on this nation, there are additionally in Morocco, the place we performed final yr.”
Barca’s preparations for Thursday’s match haven’t gone notably nicely, nevertheless, as Wednesday’s information convention was delayed considerably after their group bus acquired misplaced in Jeddah.
Valverde was as a result of converse at Al-Ittihad Sport Metropolis, however their driver set off for the King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis Stadium, the place the 2 semi-finals – the primary of which is ready for Wednesday – will happen.
Their bus then grew to become misplaced in site visitors between the 2 venues, that are roughly 40 miles aside.
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