Supercopa de Espana More than a title up for grabs
Barcelona and Athletic Club with contest the first silverware of the season on Sunday night at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville as they battle it out for the Supercopa de Espana.
Both teams have featured in this final many times, but the upcoming meeting holds extra value for both teams as they look to add some positivity to what has been a difficult season so far.
Lifting the trophy will be a huge boost for the triumphant side moving forward in to the rest of the season.
Ronald Koeman has found it difficult to find that winning formula at times this season with his Barcelona side. Lionel Messi started the season poorly by his standards, but has found his form recently.
The 4-3-3 system seems to be working for the Dutchman in recent weeks with a transformed Frenkie de Jong pulling the strings in midfield.
Injuries have been cruel to the Camp Nou side however, with key players such as Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Phillipe Coutinho all missing.
Barcelona are more than capable, though, of lifting a trophy which may prove to be a turning point in their season. A Supercopa triumph would massively boost the confidence of the group who have been showing promising signs of improvement in recent weeks.
It would be the perfect way to prepare for their Champions League knockout tie with Paris Saint Germain and although LaLiga seems a tall order, the Azulgrana won’t give up hope of pulling it back in the latter stages of the season.
The Supercopa is also hugely important to Athletic Club who haven’t tasted silverware since 2015 when they toppled Barcelona in the final of this same tournament.
The new year could prove to be a trophy-laden season for the Basque club as they still have last season’s Copa Del Rey final to contest in this same stadium against Real Sociedad.
A victory against Barcelona would inject the self-belief they need to push forward and line the trophy cabinet this campaign.
With all that’s going on behind the scenes at Athletic Club, those connected with the club will be glad to be focusing on what’s happening on the pitch, rather than in the board room.