Real Madrid are eager to preserve the Super Cup title at the expense of Valencia

RIYADH: The attention of Spanish and football fans in general will be addressed tomorrow, Wednesday, at the King Fahd International Stadium in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to follow the start of the Spanish Super Cup through Real Madrid’s match against Valencia. Real will meet Valencia in the first match in semi-final, then the second will see Barcelona meet Real Betis again on Thursday evening at the King Fahd International Stadium, with the final to be played next Sunday in the same stadium. Real Madrid, the champions in charge, can’t wait to match the record of Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup 13 times, as Real Madrid have won the title 12 times, the latest being last year. Real Madrid are looking forward to a positive result in tomorrow’s match to get a good start to preserve the title and also reconcile their fans, after the defeat suffered against Villarreal 1/2 last Saturday in Spanish league competitions . Real Madrid’s task is not expected to be easy, especially in light of Valencia’s efforts to restore their balance after suffering a second successive defeat in league and on Friday night having lost to Cadiz 0/1, becoming just four points ahead of the nearest relegation centers in the table. As for Barcelona, ​​​​​​​​he is looking forward to continued positive results, as they have six wins against one draw in their last seven matches in the Spanish League, Champions League and Copa del Rey, and his last victory came at the expense of Atletico Madrid 1/0 at his home on Sunday. Real Betis are also hoping for a third straight win, as their last two matches have seen a win against Ibiza – Betiosas Islands 4/1 in King’s Cup and Rayo Vallecano 2/1 in championship. This is the fourth edition of the Spanish Super Cup with its new system, in what was limited to a clash between the league champion and the cup champion, but according to the new system, the Super Cup now sees the participation of the runners-up also of the league and cup champions, which will be held starting from the semi-finals and the final. Real Madrid won the Scudetto last season, beating Barcelona, ​​and Real Betis won the Copa del Rey beating in final Valencia. In the previous three editions of the new system, Real Madrid won the title in 2020 and 2022, while Athletic Bilbao won the title in the 2021 edition which was held in Spain due to the Corona virus pandemic. This is the third edition of the Spanish Super Cup hosted by Saudi Arabia, as the 2020 edition was held in Jeddah, and Real Madrid capped it off at Atletico Madrid’s expense. Riyadh hosted the edition which was held in early 2022 and Real Madrid also crowned it after their victory over Athletic Bilbao. Saudi Arabia’s hosting of this sporting event is part of the initiative to attract major international sporting events, through which the Ministry of Sport aims to distinguish itself in different sports at a regional and global level, thus contributing to the achievement of the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 and Quality of the Life Programme. Diriyah’s 2022 Season Event Organizing Committee had offered tickets for the Spanish Super Cup matches, organized by the Ministry of Sports on January 11-15, to football fans and enthusiasts from inside and outside Saudi Arabia through the official website of the Season of Diriya. (dpa)