Unroyal manners in the King's Cup

For Atlético, this game is of the utmost importance, and the support of the fans is more important than ever for the club. Of course, the “mattress makers” hoped to the last that the “creamy” ones would finally start playing honestly and stop using loopholes in the regulations in order to regulate the size of the guest support team at the Bernabéu at their own discretion. According to Marca, Atlético requested 4,002 seats, but Real Madrid, taking advantage of the lack of a clause where the exact number of the guest quota would be indicated, refused not without pleasure.

For reference, the home stadium of the “creamy” is capable of accommodating 81 thousand people, so that in a percentage of 334 Atlético fans, only 0.4% of the total number of spectators, which means that no matter how much they root for their team, their votes get lost in the buzz of Real Madrid fans. But the pill is still sweetened: only for the guests of the Galacticos will they offer tickets at the lowest price category – 70 euros. For everyone else, the entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium will cost no less than 90 euros, and the most prestigious seats will cost about 160-190 euros.

By the way, the “creamy” have been using the number 334 and the imperfection of the La Liga and Spanish Cup regulations for a whole season. Who and why came up with this particular number is still unknown for certain. But no matter how Real Madrid tries to turn their home stadium into a completely home stadium, you can’t go against the statistics. And according to her, all four times that the “Blancos” and “Rojiblancos” met at the “Santiago Bernabeu”, though in the final, “Atletico” won. The mayor of the city of Madrid, Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, a long-time fan of Atlético, remembered the same thing today.

– Who will win on Thursday? We have won all the Copa del Rey finals we have played at the Real Madrid stadium,” the official said.

The confrontation between Real Madrid and Atlético in the Cup began in the 60s of the last century. The teams met in the Copa del Rey final five times and only once, in 1975, did the “creamy” manage to win. True, then the team received guests at the Vicente Calderon.

Now Atlético have not returned to their championship form of two years ago. But they cannot stumble in this confrontation – the semi-finalist will be determined by the results of just one game, there will be no return match. If the “mattress” fly out of the King’s Cup, they will only have a hopeless, in fact, struggle in the example. As for the ambitions of “creamy” – the loss in the final of the Spanish Super Cup to “Barcelona” showed that Carl Ancelotti’s team was tired. So the forces will be approximately equal, in addition, cup games are always distinguished by their unpredictability.

PS While we were preparing this material, unexpected news came: Real Madrid nevertheless changed the number of tickets for Atlético fans from 334 to 600. Apparently, the mayor of the city still turned on the necessary leverage.

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