After the controversial arbitration decision against Sevilla FC on Sunday (2-2), Real Madrid plague the programming of its last matches of the season on days and times that will reduce the recovery time.
Real Madrid approach the home stretch of the title race in anger. According to Marca, the Merengue do not understand the programming of their next two games. Real will travel to Granada on Thursday at 10 p.m. before heading to Bilbao to challenge Athletic Bilbao at 6.30 p.m. That is 66 hours between the two meetings and a considerably reduced rest time.
Another pitfall: Granada airport will be closed on Sunday after their meeting in Andalusia, says Cadena Cope. Zinedine Zidane and his men will therefore have to take a bus to go by road to Seville or Malaga in order to take a return flight that will land them in the Spanish capital around 3 or 4 a.m. A late arrival which will erode the preparation for the match in the Basque Country.
According to Marca, a session can hardly be scheduled before flying to Bilbao the day before or the day of the match. The discontent rises a little more compared to the calendars of their two direct rivals in the title race.
More time for Barça and Atlético
Barça, 3rd two points behind Atlético, travels to Levante this Tuesday evening (10 p.m.) and will therefore benefit from five days of rest before the reception of Celta Vigo, Sunday (6.30 p.m.) during the 37th day where all the matches will start at the same time. Atlético, leader with two lengths ahead of Real and Barça, will play Wednesday against Real Sociedad (10 p.m.) before hosting Osasuna on Sunday (6.30 p.m.).
Real had already complained about the schedule concocted by the authorities last season in the final sprint. The anger is added to that born of the controversial arbitration decision during their draw against Sevilla FC (2-2) on Sunday. At 1-1, the referee of the match awarded a penalty to Karim Benzema before canceling it and giving one to the Sevillians for a hand from Militao on the previous action.