Real Madrid Original date of October 26 has been postponed
After LaLiga made a request to switch the venue of the first Clasico of the season, the end result has been one which suited both teams far more, with the fixture postponed and likely to be rescheduled for December 18, however other teams will be affected by this.
Real Betis are one club which feel particularly annoyed by the decision, mainly due to the fact they are scheduled to face Zinedine Zidane‘s charges on November 2, straight after the cancelled Clasico, and Los Blancos will now head into that fixture with a week of rest.
“The decision to postpone the match is also very significant to four other teams: Leganes, Real Valladolid, Levante and ourselves,” explained Real Betis coach Rubi.
“Our opponent, even with the potential they have anyway, will play a match less than us in a week of three matches, and that bothers me a lot.”
Sergio Gonzalez, the current coach of Real Valladolid, felt similarly slighted and bemoaned the fact that not enough respect is given to teams below Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain.
“It’s obvious that the Clasico has a huge impact, but we’re also a First Division team,” Sergio explained in his pre-match press conference.
“Maybe Barcelona would have had a very difficult match against Real Madrid and would have been tired when they had to face us.
“We could have taken advantage of what little rest time we had over them after such a difficult fixture.”