"The passing of the minutes will take its toll on them, it ended up stiff": the factor that can harm Real Madrid

Real Madrid and Athletic Club will meet in the final of the Spanish Super Cup that takes place this Sunday in Saudi Arabia. Cadena SER’s special envoys to Riyadh, Antón Meana and Íñigo Markinez, have passed through ‘Galician Connection’ with Jesús Gallego. In this Friday’s talk they reviewed what happened in the two semifinals, the current situation of the two teams that will face each other for the trophy (the sandstorm that has prevented Marcelino’s men from training and the possible COVID outbreak in Ancelotti’s squad ), as well as the life of a Spanish journalist in the Suadi country.

Jesús Gallego: “Athletic won and fairly against Atlético. We were all struck by the departure of Athletic and Atlético this Thursday, it was devastating“.

Antón Meana: “Going onto the field, it felt like a pre-season match due to the atmosphere. An Atlético-Athletic would have filled the Wanda, San Mamés, La Cartuja… and yesterday, in terms of atmosphere, it seemed like a pre-season match” .

Íñigo Markinez: “The team has been competing at a very high level for two years”

“In the last three Athletic finals there hasn’t been a single fan in the stands”

The Super Cup in Arabia

Jesús Gallego: “Rubiales has stolen the Spanish Super Cup from the fans”.

“Yesterday many women were not in the stadium. The Williams family was there and little else.”

“The SER should not boycott the Super Cup because fans can only see it in the media”

Antón Meana: “Selling that women go to soccer I can’t count, the proportion is 98% to 2%. From a sporting point of view, I do value the effort made by the @rfef, as with the women’s league here “.

Íñigo Markinez: “Yesterday, in the fan zone, I didn’t see any women, only the female colleagues from the press who came from Spain.”

“We footballers… we come to work. We talk about football because we come to that, but tennis also comes here, F1.”

the williams

Íñigo Markinez: “The mother came with us, she always travels with the team. The Williamses are very dear people at the club, they are normal people. The family comes from very low down, now they are in a different situation, but they haven’t changed at all”

“Nico Williams is an asset to the club and we have to tie him down. But it’s not just Nico anymore, it’s Sancet, it’s Zárraga, Vencedor… Athletic has to tie these guys down”.

Antón Meana: “That image of them with their mother is Athletic. It’s exciting, it’s what Athletic transmits”.

The Real Madrid-Athletic final

Antón Meana: “Athletic is a very hard-working team. Ancelotti is going to play against, he has no doubt… but Madrid ended up stiff after the effort against Barcelona. The passing of the minutes can take its toll on Madrid“.

Íñigo Markinez: “In recent years, Madrid has been a pain in the ass against Athletic. Real Madrid are bad at it despite the good games they’ve played lately.”

Jesús Gallego: “I see it possible for Athletic to beat Real Madrid this Sunday”.

The life of the special envoy in Riyadh

Íñigo Markinez: “I haven’t seen a bar here and there’s a 24-hour broadcast on TV about how pilgrims arrive in Mecca.”

Antón Meana: “The routine is to be quietly in the hotel, read…”.

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