Real Madrid – La Liga They asked for a 16:15 kick off
Zinedine Zidane was furious after Real Madrid dropped points in Pamplona. He was clear that the game should have been suspended, but those comments don’t align with the club’s actions.
Los Blancos never formally requested the game’s suspension. They could have written to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to ask for the game to be postponed, but they didn’t.
“The circumstances around the game are what they are, but I think the team adapted well,” said Emilio Butragueno after the game, whose comments lined up with Toni Kroos‘ as the German failed to blame the conditions.
What Real Madrid did ask for, though, was to move the game forward to 16:15 CET. LaLiga, however, dismissed that due to the game having been scheduled for a month and television rights needing to be considered.
Thibaut Courtois was just one of the players left unhappy with what happened, even seething over their travel conditions.
“We took off from a frozen runway, I don’t think that’s safe,” the goalkeeper said, though his claims have been dismissed by AENA and IBERIA, who have explained that planes only take off when all of the circumstances allow for them to safely do so.
It was Real Madrid‘s own decision to fly on Friday afternoon, after LaLiga’s suggestion to travel earlier that their planned Saturday flight.
Contact between Real Madrid and LaLiga since Friday afternoon
The players’ complaints followed one another while they were sitting on the runway on the plane. Anxiety grew about the wait and weather, and they were concerned.
The club’s officials were in contact with LaLiga, and all possibilities were considered. LaLiga suggested that they return to Valdebebas and try again on Saturday morning, but the airline had said that take off would be within an hour, so they stayed.
From Friday until the end of the game, both were in constant contact, so LaLiga are surprised by what has come out now, as they didn’t sense any anger on the club’s part beforehand.
Real Madrid knew that the game had to be played on Saturday, as suspending it would have led to fixture congestion further down the line. But Zidane and his players aren’t of the same opinion.