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Barça are hoping to get rid of the thorn in their side in last year’s Super Cup

BarcelonaIn a year in which Barça won the Cup, League and Champions League, the Super Cup was the only title that was resisted by the players. This Wednesday, in Las Rozas, the road begins so that the team led by Alexia Putellas can get rid of the thorn in the side of last season. The first match will be a classic against Real Madrid (7.15pm, TDP). If they make good predictions and win, on Sunday they will face off against the winners of the second semi-final, between Atlético de Madrid and Levante.

The difference between Barça and Madrid is very clear, as was shown in Barça’s thrashing in the league. But, as Lieke Martens puts it, “classics are always very special.” And the motivation to win the third edition of the Women’s Super Cup further increases the desire for a squad that, curiously, will also play against Madrid in the next Champions League qualifier.

Mapi León, main novelty

Coach Jonatan Giráldez will be able to count on Mapi León, who has been out since November. On the other hand, Crnogorcevic, with a sun injury, is out at the last minute and adds to the absences of Aitana Bonmatí and Mariona Caldentey.

For its part, Real Madrid debuts in the Super Cup. Alberto Toril’s team, however, can blame the absence of competitive shooting because it has not played since December 22. This January has seen the suspension of the three subsequent league games due to a covid outbreak in the squad and ‘staff.

One day later, on Thursday, it will be the turn of Atlético de Madrid and Levante (7.30pm, TDP), who will re-broadcast last season’s Super Cup final – the mattresses were Barça’s executioners, a year ago now. in a semifinal that was resolved on penalties. On that occasion, Atlético took the trophy. And, for this semifinal, the Madrilenians also start as favorites: they are third in the league and have won five of the last six games, one of which, precisely, against Levante.

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