Real Madrid – La Liga Face Athletic in Supercopa
Real Madrid are still unable to return home to the capital and will spend a third night in Pamplona before traveling directly to Malaga ahead of the Supercopa de Espana semi final against Athletic Club.
Storm Filomena has made a return flight to Madrid impossible, something which has increased Los Blancos’ frustration at having to make this trip which began on Friday and is ongoing.
Real Madrid have to be in Malaga on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s Supercopa showdown with Atheltic and the club have decided it will be impossible to make a stop at home on the way.
The plan is now for the players to leave Pamplona and travel to Malaga on Monday morning for the next leg of this trip which will have totalled eight days before it is over.
The decision to extend the trip has not been taken lightly, with club officials having spent the last 24 hours studying every possibility and liaising with authorities, but a return to Madrid on Sunday proved impossible.
With no guarantees about an arrival time on Monday, the club have decided to head straight to Andalusia, where they will also find better conditions for training and will be able to prepare for the Supercopa game with relative normality.
Los Blancos have a hectic schedule coming up and if they beat Athletic on Thursday, they will advance to the final in Seville on Sunday to face the winners of Real Sociedad and Barcelona who face off in Cordoba on Wednesday.
Then come two more games on the road, on 20 January against Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey and on 23 January against Alaves in LaLiga Santander.
Counting the Osasuna game, that makes a potential total of five games before Real Madrid play at home again after traveling to the north, south and east of Spain.
Spain’s transport minister has justified Real Madrid‘s flight to Pamplona taking off on Friday, saying that it was before the airport closed and that the pilot deemed conditions safe.
“The airport was operative, but with difficulties…the pilot had the last word and he considered that there were conditions to take off safely,” said Jose Luis Abalos.