For Atlético this match is of the utmost importance, and the support of the fans is more important than ever for the club. Of course, the “colchoneros” waited until the end for the “creamy” to finally start playing honestly and stop using the loopholes of the regulation to regulate the size of the invited support at the Bernabéu. According to Marca, Atlético requested 4,002 places, but Real Madrid, taking advantage of the lack of a clause indicating the exact number of guests, refused, not without pleasure.
As a reference, the home stadium of the “creamy” has the capacity to accommodate 81 thousand people, so that in a percentage of 334 Atlético fans, only 0.4% of the total number of spectators, which means that by far to cheer on their team, their votes are lost in the hubbub of the Real Madrid fans. But the pill is still sweetened: only for the guests of the Galacticos they will offer tickets at the lowest price category -70 euros-. For everyone else, the entrance to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium will cost no less than 90 euros, and the most prestigious locations will be around 160-190 euros.
By the way, the “creamy” have been using the number 334 for a whole season and the imperfection of the regulations of LaLiga and the Spanish Cup. Who and why came up with this particular number is still unknown for certain. But no matter how hard Real Madrid try to make their stadium completely local, you can’t go against the statistics. And according to her, the four times that ‘Blancos’ and ‘Rojiblancos’ met at the ‘Santiago Bernabéu’, although ‘Atlético’ won the final. The mayor of the city of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, a long-time Atlético fan, remembered the same thing today.
– Who will win on Thursday? We have won all the Copa del Rey finals that we have played in the Real Madrid stadium”, said the coach.
The confrontation between Real Madrid and Atlético in the Cup began in the 60s of the last century. The teams met in the final of the Copa del Rey five times and only once, in 1975, did the “creamy” win. Right, so the team received guests at the Vicente Calderón.
Now Atlético have not returned to their championship form of two years ago. But they cannot stumble in this confrontation: the semifinalist will be determined by the results of a single game, there will be no second leg. If the “mattress” flies out of the Copa del Rey, they will have only a desperate fight, in fact, in the example. As for the ambitions of the “creamy”, the defeat in the final of the Spanish Super Cup against “Barcelona” showed that Carl Ancelotti’s team was tired. Then the forces will be approximately equal, moreover, cup games are always distinguished by their unpredictability.
PS: While we were preparing this material, unexpected news arrived: Real Madrid continued to change the number of tickets for Atlético fans from 334 to 600. Apparently, the mayor of the city continued to activate the necessary levers of pressure.