Barcelona 2-3 Athletic | Supercopa de Espana Roberto Palomar gives his opinion
It is clear that 2021 is already full of anomalies. A guy skiing down the Paseo de la Castellana. Two goals by Luka Jovic in half an hour. Lionel Messi shaking off an opponent and getting his first-ever red card for Barcelona. Athletic Club winning a trophy by beating Real Madrid and Barcelona inside 72 hours. And that within that second match, in the final, they twice went behind before we witnessed an incredible strike from Inaki Williams in extra time.
More anomalies. It has not even been 15 days since Marcelino was appointed as Athletic coach, yet he has already established a style of play, imposed his high pressing methodology and changed the squad’s mindset. There are coaches who need months to do that.
It took Marcelino just a handful of training sessions to overwhelm Real Madrid and to frustrate Barcelona, who had seemingly turned a corner but now leave Andalusia in a state of shock. A Supercopa de Espana, by the way, which has once again produced three excellent matches – like in the previous edition – and which is confirmed as a successful format. There is something about it that sees the teams play without reservation, at full speed. Just ask Marcelino.