Zinedine Zidane (47) is honing his legendary status as a coach. The Spanish Supercup, held on Sunday evening in Jeddah, is his 9th final as Real Madrid coach. And it’s his 9th title! An amazing record.
In the city derby against Atletico Madrid, as in the Champions League Final 2016, the penalty shootout must decide. This time also with the better end for the royal ones. Man of the game is not one of the four successful Reals penalty shooters. But: Federico Valverde (21).
The Uruguayan midfielder is the celebrated hero – for a red card. The second half of the extension is running. 114 tactical minutes have been completed. After a real corner, Atletico launches the counterattack. Carvajal messed up the ball, then it’s lightning fast. Saul launches the Alvaro Morata, launched in depth. He is alone in the wide field. Does he shoot down his ex-club? No. Because behind him, Fede Valverde starts the chase. About 20 meters in front of the gate, everything or nothing is said: Valverde is pulling Morata’s legs. A kamikazee foul. Of course, he immediately sees the red card.
The Atletico players are wild as hell, want Valverde on the collar. Her trainer, Diego Simeone (49) behaves very differently. The Argentinian gives Valverde a pat on the back of the head as he enters the cabin. Because Simeone also knows that he would have reacted exactly the same way.
And what does Valverde, who will later be named man of the game, say about the spectacular scene? «It was something I had to do. I apologized to Morata, but it was the only thing I could do. »(Sag)