Atlético de Madrid - Athletic Club: schedule and where to watch the Spanish Super Cup

Atlético de Madrid and Ahtletic Club They will fight this Thursday for a place in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, where Real Madrid is already waiting after beating FC Barcelona in one of the most exciting Classics in memory. With the ‘big three’ in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), the people of Bilbao appear as the great covers of the competition, but it must not be forgotten that they are the defenders of the title and that the character of the team is always asserted in the big events.

Although the ‘lions’ are not going through their best moment, since they only have two victories in the last 12 league games, history says that Athletic is a sure candidate to lift this trophy. Apart from last season, he also did it in 2015 and 1984. To this we must add that both the semifinal and the final are one game, with which anything can happen. For its part, Atlético has two Spanish Super Cups in its record. In 1985, he was proclaimed champion against FC Barcelona; and in 2014, against Real Madrid. The last final of the tournament played by the colchoneros was, precisely, against the whites, with whom they fell on penalties in 2020.

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The second final of the tournament will be played, like the first, at 20:00, at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. It can be seen on television through the channels Movistar Super Cup (created specifically for the occasion) and #Let’s goby Movistar +. Thanks to agreements with other platforms, these broadcasts will also be available on Orange, Jazztel and Mitele Plus. In addition, the minute by minute of the meeting and all the information related to it will be available on the El Confidencial website.

In search of dispelling doubts

Neither contender is in their prime. If the results do not accompany Athletic Club, it cannot be said that the Madrid team has given the performance that could be expected from its squad in the first part of the season. Paradoxically, the defensive aspect is the one that limps the most: Atleti has conceded 24 goals against so far in the league, only one less than all those he received in the entirety of the past year.

And precisely, this is the great strength of his rival. The Basque team is the one that best defends of the four that have traveled to Saudi Arabia, if one sticks to the statistics. With just 17 goals against, the biggest drag so far has been his poor effectiveness in the opposing goal, reason that made him lose to Real Madrid and draw against FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid.

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Simeone knows that earning this title could give his team the moral boost it needs at a key moment of the season and that is why none of the weapons available to him will be put away. Of course, he will not be able to count on Savic or Griezmann, who have not yet recovered from their respective injuries, so it is foreseeable that he will opt for a scheme of three centrals formed by Felipe, Giménez and Hermoso.

In the center of the field is where there are least doubts. The lanes will be occupied by Llorente and Carrasco, while Kondogbia, boosted by his great moment of form, Koke and Lemar will be in the engine room. Correa seems to have a fixed hole in the eleven after scoring three goals in the last two games, even more after the Griezmann low. The great doubt lies in who will be your companion. Will Cholo bet on the experience of Suárez or the daring and quality of Joao Félix?

Photo: Simeone replaces Joao Félix during a match.  (Reuters / Javier Barbancho)
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On the Athletic side, Marcelino has included Yuri on his list, who had not entered a call-up since April due to a sore throat and a foot injury. Capa and Villalibre have complaints, but they have also traveled to Riyadh. However, Unai Núñez and Unai winner have not recovered in time. Iñaki Williams He will be the beacon of the team in attack, perhaps accompanied by his brother Nico. In the center of the field the presence of Muniain and Sancet is assured, who are going through a great moment of form.

Possible alignments

This could be the eleven starters of Atlético de Madrid:

  • cloud
  • Felipe
  • Gimenez
  • Handsome
  • Llorente
  • Boil
  • Kondogbia
  • Lemar
  • Carrasco
  • Suarez
  • Correa

This could be the once titular del Athletic Club:

  • Simon
  • From Marcos
  • Yeray
  • Iñigo Martinez
  • Balenciaga
  • Dani Garcia
  • Locked
  • Nico Williams
  • Muniaín
  • Sancet
  • Iñaki Williams
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