The Supercopa de Espana, which is historically underrated by La Liga‘s elite, has absorbed a whole new significance in this strange season.
The Supercopa provided a great opportunity for Barcelona andReal Madrid
, to fight for any piece of silverware they can get this season and prepare for the second part of the campaign.
Barca held up their bargain, putting aside Real Sociedad last night in Cordoba. Madrid intent to do the same tonight at La Rosaleda.
They couldn’t, however. Athletic scored two goals in the first half thanks to a Raul Garcia attack
Karim Benzema netted a goal for
and having an equalizer (also Benzema) disallowed, They were beaten 2-1.
players will now come back empty-handed while Marcelino, freshly elected at San Mames, will warm up to play against Barcelona in the final on Sunday.
Speaking after the match,
was determined to keep the level despite the disappointment.
“Our first half was difficult, we didn’t begin the game well. They scored with the two chances they had, and that’s difficult.
“We didn’t read the first half well. They pressed high and we lost balls that we normally wouldn’t. We ended up switching formation because we weren’t comfortable with Luka [Modric]‘s position.
“All you can do is keep working, try to rest well and think about the next game. You have to turn the page and keep working. We can’t go crazy now.”