‘El Sanhedrín Ilustrado’ brought Ramón Besa and Manuel Jabois together again in El Larguero. In this section, the two journalists analyzed the growing controversy over the celebration of the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. In addition, they analyze the final in which Real Madrid and Athletic Club will face each other and their path to reach the match for the title.
The words of Rubiales
The president of the Federation spoke with Manu Carreño last Thursday in El larguero and left several headlines that have not sat well with the average Spanish fan. “What we are doing here is helping a lot to develop women in football” were some of the words of Rubiales.
Manuel Jabois: “I find it tremendously hypocritical. You go there for money. It doesn’t make any sense. You can’t say that women should have the same rights during the four days that we are there. It’s a joke. It’s an exercise in window dressing and propaganda. There is a competition of this caliber and the toughest measures are not going to be imposed while the four clubs are there. You don’t have to justify it, you have to say that you are leaving for money”.
Ramón Besa: “I understand that if the Federation has to make a version there, that’s fine, but let’s stop with little political classes. One thing is to favor investment and another is the fans. If the Super Cup had been held in a Spanish city, they would have filled. Fair political classes. Let’s not do neither cynicism nor demagoguery with the Super Cup in Arabia as Luis Rubiales did last night in El Larguero “,
What feelings does the Super Cup leave?
The Spanish Super Cup changed its format three editions ago. Now, with the semifinals and final between last year’s League and Cup champions and runners-up, Barça faced Real Madrid and Atlético faced Athletic. The team from Bilbao made it through to the final just like Carlo Ancelotti’s team did, but despite the two great games, all eyes were on the stands.
Manuel Jabois: “This in any stadium in Spain would have been full. Even in Real Madrid, Barcelona had a pre-season atmosphere. I think it’s a mistake and very hypocritical. In terms of football, Real Madrid should have killed the match before. After the first goal I thought it was going to be much easier. I had the feeling that I was going to win no matter what happens, but you can’t forget that it’s FC Barcelona. Madrid should beat FC Barcelona more easily.”
Ramón Besa: “Barça shouldn’t give up their self-esteem. We can find the cat’s feet, but I think that Barça’s game is explained by playing well. The team has a good group of youngsters and now it’s Xavi who has to achieve a fellowship in the locker room and see how they work with the veterans. I think Barça was very honest, they knew they were going to die if they played like that against Real Madrid and they died. This time I ended up losing, but they found a way to lose by leaving everything behind. Barça is a club that perceives defeat well. They are used to it. Compared to Madrid, they are a very accomplished team. In the other semifinal, more than Atlético de Madrid, they talk about Cholo. The criticism is much sweeter than the one Barça receives People trust that it will come out ahead, but if we look at the season of both teams, Atlético’s isn’t much better”.