Real Madrid vs Athletic Club Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 16 Jan 2022
The Spanish Super Cup will be decided on Sunday as Real Madrid and Athletic Club meet in the final in Saudi Arabia. Los Blancos are in the final thanks to their 2-1 win over rivals Barcelona in the semifinals, while Athletic came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid in the other semi. This match will see the last two Spanish Super Cup champs square off after Real won in 2020 and Athletic Club won in 2021. Here’s are storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
Real Madrid: Los Blancos enter healthy, but they did have to do an extra 30 minutes of extra time. The good news is, Real had an extra day of rest. It feels likely that Fede Valverde will get more time in this one after coming off the bench and being the hero against Barca, but we will likely see a very similar XI for the favorites who have pretty much everyone at their disposal.
Athletic: Centerback Unai Nunez remains injured, while Inigo Martinez and Yeray Alvarez are at risk of suspension. Otherwise, Marcelino has his top players at his disposal. Expect him to use his signature 4-4-2 with two strikers in attack tasked with staying high and applying pressure. They’ll aim to keep width as well to prevent Real’s speed from causing too much trouble. Marcelino’s side will look to go on the counter when attacking.
Athletic Club face Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup 2022 final on Sunday night at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh. While Los Blancos defeated FC Barcelona to get this far, Marcelino’s Lions booked their place in the showdown with a memorable comeback victory against Atlético Madrid. Los Rojiblancos now have a chance to successfully retain a trophy they lifted last season and have won three times in total (1984, 2015 and 2021). What’s more, it will be Athletic’s fourth final in the space of a year.
Real Madrid was founded on March 6 1902. In its 120-year history, the club has lifted the Spanish Super Cup trophy 11 times. The most recent triumph in the tournament came in the 2019-20 season, the first edition held on Saudi soil. At that time, Los Blancos eliminated Valencia in the semi-finals before beating Atlético Madrid on penalties in the final. In addition to the Supercopa, the club’s honours list includes 34 La Liga titles, 19 Copas del Rey, 13 Champions Leagues, two UEFA Cups, seven Club World Cups and four European Super Cups.
Real Madrid are managed by Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, the same man who led them to Copa del Rey and Champions League victories in 2013/14. Furthermore, they currently sit top of the LaLiga Santander table with 49 points from 21 matches. Sometimes referred to as El Viejo Clásico (The Old Classic), Athletic and Real Madrid have faced each other a whopping 263 times in all competitions. The head-to-head balance hangs in Los Blancos’ favour, with Real Madrid having won 132 times, while there have been 47 draws and Los Leones emerged victorious in the other 84 clashes.
Los Blancos are the second most successful team in the history of this competition, lifting the trophy on 11 occasions, the last of which was in 2020, but they lost to Athletic in the semi-finals of last year’s tournament.
Mikel Vesga, Raul Garcia, Nico Williams and Yuri Berchiche all came off the bench in the semi-final and will be in contention should Marcelino decide to shuffle his pack for this match. Vesga could replace Oier Zarraga in the middle of the park, but there are not expected to be any other alterations to the starting side, with an attacking team set to include Iker Muniain, Alex Berenguer, Inaki Williams and Oihan Sancet once again.
Real Madrid are currently the team to catch in Spain’s top flight, picking up 49 points from their opening 21 matches to sit first in the table, five points clear of second-placed Sevilla in what looks to be a two-team title race in the final months of the campaign. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now been victorious in their last three games across three separate competitions, beating Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey and Valencia in the league.
The capital outfit have already beaten Athletic twice this season, winning both league matches between the two teams in December, while they have not lost to the Basque outfit in the league since March 2015, but as mentioned, the Lions were victorious in the Spanish Super Cup last term. Athletic have won the Spanish Super Cup on three previous occasions and are the holders of the trophy, having beaten Barcelona 3-2 in the final of the 2021 competition.
The Basque outfit were trailing 1-0 to Atletico entering the final 15 minutes of Thursday’s semi-final, but Yeray Alvarez levelled the scores in the 77th minute before Nico Williams netted the winner in the 81st minute. Athletic have now been victorious in three of their last four matches in all competitions, including a 2-0 success over Mancha Real in the Copa del Rey earlier this month, but they played out a 0-0 draw with Alaves in their last league match on January 9.
Marcelino’s side will be back in Copa del Rey action against Barcelona on January 20, and they are currently ninth in La Liga, so it could be a hugely successful campaign for the club. The fact that the Lions did not have to play extra-time on Thursday is certainly a positive, but Real Madrid will have had an extra day to recover for this match, which has to place the capital outfit at an advantage.