Spanish Supercup 2021/22: Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Club: schedules, TV and how to watch online
Holders Athletic club take charge Atletico Madrid in the second Super Cup semi-final on Thursday, with the winners advancing to Sunday’s final. The Basque team won last year’s tournament but really are the underdogs to lift the trophy for the second year in a row – despite their fame for being one of the great teams in the Spanish Cup. In national competition, Marcelino’s team is halfway through the table – a position that does not accurately reflect the way they played. Of the 21 league matches played so far, Athletics got half of it – and five of them without finding the net at all. Scoring goals has been a problem. They are on average less than one goal per game and have relied a lot on Iñaki williams, their top scorer. They’ve always been a team that has had goal scorers throughout the squad – center-back Iñigo Martínez has contributed a couple so far this season, but this is clearly an area where they have struggled, highlighted by the fact that their defensive record is actually better than Real Madrid‘s, the leaders, who are eight places above them in the table.
And not everyone is happy to have to play the Supercopa abroad with four clubs instead of two. Raul garcia was outspoken when reporters asked him for his opinion on having to face his former club several thousand miles away in Saudi Arabia. “To me, it’s pretty clear, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s that simple. We’re going abroad to play a national competition; everyone knows the real reason. I don’t want to chat. problems, but what is it? the point of going all the way here to play a game we can play here? I’m old school. For me, football has changed – it’s not ‘It’s more about the supporters. Now all that matters is making the money and trying to get sponsorship deals … “
The Bilbaínos haven’t done so badly in their direct encounters with their Super Cup rivals this season, having drawn their league fixtures with Barcelona and Atléti and lost by the bare minimum for real Madrid just before Christmas.
Adversaries Atlético has started the season well and at one point they looked like serious contenders to win La Liga for the second year in a row before mysteriously fading away in mid-October. Two defeats in the Champions League against Liverpool seemed to blow the wind in their sails. After sharing first place with Real Madrid in week 8, the wheels came off the rojiblanco bus. Simeone’s side occupy fourth place in La Liga on 33 points, their title dreams in tatters but they remain alive in the Champions League with Manchester United stands in the way of a place in the quarter-finals.
Atlético vs Athletic: team news
Antoine Griezmann is the big absentee for Atléti, he is out for the next few weeks due to a thigh muscle injury. Central defender Stefan Savic also stayed at home.
Marcelino took a 24-man squad to Riyadh – all of his players available, including full-back Yuri Berchiche, who has been away for the past nine months to recover from a groin injury. Just two players, Unai vencedor (hamstrings) and central defender Unai nuñez (calf) could not make the trip.
What time does Atlético Madrid kick off against Athletic Club?
the Spanish Supercopa 2021/22 semi-final between Atlético Madrid and Athletic Club will be played King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday January 13, 2022, kick off at 22:00 AST local time.
That is, 2 p.m. ET (New York), 11 a.m. PT (Los Angeles), 9 p.m. UK, and 8 p.m. CET for those watching in Spain.
Where can I watch Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Club in the US and UK?
In the US and UK, the following TV channels and online services will broadcast Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Club:
United States: ESPN Sports, ESPN +, ESPN, ESPN Sports +
UK: BT Sport 1, BT Sport App, BTSport.com
Saudi Arabia: SSC
Atlético vs Athletic: live coverage of AS USA
You will also be able to follow live text coverage of Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Club here at AS USA. We’ll prepare for the match about an hour before kick-off, before showing you the action as it unfolds.