Barça, Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Athletic Club de Bilbao will play the first title of 2022 in Saudi Arabia: the Spanish Super Cup. The finalists of the Copa del Rey and the first and second classified of LaLiga have an important appointment before them to take an important step in the middle of the season.
Antonio Romero, Antón Meana, Miguel Martín Talavera and Lluís Flaquer are already in Riyadh to cover everything that happens in this tournament on Cadena SER. Together with Manu Carreño, they analyze how his arrival in Saudi Arabia has been and the atmosphere that reigns in the country.
Is there an atmosphere in Riyadh for the Super Cup?
Antón Meana: “Riyadh is a city that is modernizing very slowly. Due to COVID, the capacity of the stadium has been restricted to 50%, so that only 30,000 spectators will be able to attend the stadium. It does not look like there is madness to see the Super Cup from Spain”.
Antonio Romero: “Tomorrow we will be able to tell you more in depth, but today our day has been very plane. It is not comparable, but a while ago we told you that even in the Federation they were considering that a game should not be played in the stadium anymore. Riyadh’s big one. El Clásico is sold on its own, but there is some concern because soccer is not the fundamental sport here. ”
Football debate … but also extra football
Antón Meana: “The words of Raúl García surprise in the Federation, also in the territorial ones. With the money that is earned per year, half go to the participating clubs, about 20 million euros. The other 20 go to grassroots football and more modest of Spain “.
Miguel Martín Talavera: “The Spanish Super Cup is not like the Riyadh Grand Prix because its name indicates that the tournament is from Spain. It does not make any sense that it is played outside the country.”
Antonio Romero: “It is advisable not to be fooled. Here two years ago we came saying that apart from money, they were going to take a step forward in the fight for different rights and everything has remained in borage water. We come here for money. It is the country that he has paid more for this tournament. ”
Lluís Flaquer: “There should be a gesture from the participating clubs to claim certain rights, taking advantage of the magnitude of Clásicos like the one on Wednesday.”
Ferran Torres is already registered
Lluís Flaquer: “It has been the great change in the script. It renews down until 2026 and Barça agrees with the Frenchman that everything it had to charge until 2023, it will do so until 2026. In addition, it has a clause by which it can go free in summer 2023 “.