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The reality of football, by Carlos Zaballa


Athletic lost the Super Cup final against Real Madrid. Despite the defeat, the rojiblancos returned to Bilbao with better feelings than those left by the two Cup finals played last year against Real Sociedad and Barça. On this occasion, the team Marcellin was superior to Atlético in the semifinal and could get into the match for the title if Raul Garcia hits the penalty against Courtois playing with one more the last minutes due to the expulsion of Military. In any case, the set of Carlo Ancelotti It was better. Therefore, no objection.

The reality of football is very hard for the Bilbao club. Simeone he only fielded three national players last Thursday, Mark Llorente, Beautiful Mario and the captain, Koke Resurrectionn. And Athletic was better.

The thing happened majors on Sunday. Madrid stood in the final with only one Spaniard, the Galician Lucas Vazquez. The rest were foreigners: four Brazilians (Military, Casemiro, Rodrygo and Vinicius), two French (Mendy and Benzema), a Belgian (Courtois), an Austrian (Praise), a Croatian (modric) and a German (Kroos). This is what Athletic has to face, game yes and game too. And not only against the most powerful teams, but also against other types of rivals plagued by foreigners.

Losing a final is always very hard and even more so losing eight of the ten that the lions have played in the last thirteen years. There is no consolation in such a situation, but the reality of football is what it is. It is getting harder and harder to compete.