A year ago today the Spanish Federation decided, after meeting the day before with the presidents Jokin
Aperribay Y Aitor
Elizegi, suspend the Cup final between Real and Athletic scheduled for April 18 in an attempt to ensure the presence of the public in the stands of The
Charterhouse. The subsequent development of the pandemic has been delaying their dispute until next April 3 and now that the final begins to appear on the horizon, another virus threatens to condition the most anticipated match in the last 34 years.
The international commitments scheduled for the end of March, a few days before the most decisive derby of all time, have triggered the fear that the ‘FIFA virus’ may weaken the Real. The risk of injury, fatigue, both from games and travel, or the possible contagion of Covid on the move they pose a serious threat to a team that has several footballers likely to be called up by their national teams. The unknown will begin to unravel on Monday.
That day, both the senior Spanish team and the U21 team will give their lists to face the qualifying matches for the Qatar World Cup, as well as the first phase of the European of the category and in which it is expected that there will be several Real players .
At 11.30 am Luis Enrique is scheduled to offer the list of summoned to play three qualifying matches against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo. In it, the presence of both Mikel
Merino like Mikel
Oyarzabal, common in the last calls. They could be joined by a Alex
Remiro which the Asturian coach would be considering as an option in the absence of minutes Kepa
Arrizabalaga at Chelsea.
Athletic would also be affected because Unai
Simon is one of the fixed and players like Iñigo
Martinez or even Iker
Muniain they could go back to a summons.
Spain will play its first match on Thursday, March 25 in Granada, to later travel to Tbilisi and face Georgia on Sunday 28. On the 31st, just three days before the final, the team must face Kosovo in La Cartuja, a a country that Spain does not recognize as an independent state and that threatened not to play its match if it is not treated as such, but finally the match will be played on the scheduled date on the stage of the Cup final.
Enrique, half an hour later, it will be Luis
Source who appears to offer the list of 23 players who will play in Slovenia the first phase of the European Under 21. The preliminary list of 51 players includes Martin
Lopez Y Ander
Barrenetxea, who have quite a few options to enter the final list. Here Athletic only has Unai
Spain has three games scheduled against Slovenia, Italy and the Czech Republic, the latter four days before the final.
There are two other txuri urdin who have options to be called up by their respective teams. On Tuesday Sweden will provide its list to play two qualifying matches for the World Cup in Qatar against Georgia and Kosovo and a friendly against Estonia. In the same will be, except for mishap, Alexander
Isak. Especially annoying that friendly match on the 31st in Solna and from which the forward could be released given the situation.
Belgium plans to give its list at the beginning of the week and although Adnan
Januzaj was not required by Robert
Martinez in his last call to play two matches of the Nations
League, the realist could return for these three qualifying matches against Wales, the Czech Republic and Belarus.
What is certain is that Imanol he will not be able to count on those summoned in a few training sessions. And that might not be the worst.