The League has asked the RFEF Competition Committee to postpone Real Madrid-Athletic (also Granada-Atlético), corresponding to matchday 9 of LaLiga Santander and which was to be played on the weekend of October 16 and 17. The reason is analogous to the one that led the employers to request the postponement of Sevilla-Barcelona and Villarreal-Alavés in the day immediately after the national team stoppage in September (the CSD had to intervene due to the RFEF's refusal to attend to the request of LaLiga): what The teams that play the Champions League the following Tuesday (October 19), which should play their league game on Saturday 16, could not have the South American internationals called up by their national teams in the League. CONMEBOL national teams once again have three commitments in the October FIFA break. In the case of Real Madrid, it is affected by Brazil-Uruguay, which is played at dawn from Thursday 14 to Friday 15 and in which Casemiro, Militao, Vinicius and Valverde can be found if the selectors of the Verdeamarela and the Light blue they repeat their last call.
When can Real Madrid-Athletic on matchday 9 be played?
The question now is when that postponed game can be played. Ideally, with postponed matches in the first round, they should be played before the end of this round. With that premise, there are hardly a couple of dates available for both teams..
One is the December 15, when the second Cup tie is played, from which both teams are exempt due to their participation, in January, in the Spanish Super Cup. The other free date is December 22th. The last day (the 18th) before the Christmas break is set for the weekend of December 18 and 19, but traditionally (the current one, de facto extended, only included the dates until the 2019-2020 season) the collective agreement allows matches to be held until the 22nd.
But that second date poses another problem, as it can significantly reduce the Christmas holidays for players from both teams. LaLiga contemplates that on the first day of the year (dated Sunday, January 2, 2022) several games will be advanced to Friday, December 31, with the condition that there is geographical proximity between the teams involved. Among the matches likely to be advanced are Getafe-Real Madrid and Osasuna-Athletic.
What is Real Madrid's next game in the league?
Real Madrid knows their schedules in the League and Champions until the Clásico on October 24. This Saturday, September 25 (21:00), he receives Villarreal in the League and Tuesday 28 (21:00) will be Sheriff Tiraspol the 'guest' in the Champions League at the Bernabéu. Before the break, on Sunday October 3 (16:15) Ancelotti's team visits Espanyol in the League.
If the postponement of the match against Athletic is confirmed, Madrid will not play again until 16 days later: on Tuesday, October 19 in Kiev against Shakhtar Donetsk, on the third day of the group stage of the Champions League. On Sunday October 24 (16:15) he will face Barcelona at the Camp Nou, the first of the three Classics that, at least, there will be this season, since Real Madrid and Barça players will face each other in January in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup.
Athletic-Real Madrid is played early
If Real Madrid-Athletic head towards postponement, the second round match between both teams will not be played on the date corresponding to their match (21st), the weekly on January 18 and 20. For the teams participating in the Spanish Super Cup, in which both are immersed, these dates are reserved for the dispute, if they qualify, of their round of 16 matches of the Copa del Rey. The calendar foresaw that the matches of Madrid, Athletic, Barça and Atlético of that day will be played on December 1, coinciding with the first tie of the KO tournament, from which they are exempt.. Thus, the Athletic-Real Madrid of the 21st day can be played before the Madrid-Athletic of the 9th …