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Official: Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final on January 10

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Supercopa de Espana 2024 is all set to commence on January 10 and it has been confirmed by the RFEF that Real Madrid will start the proceedings in the first semi-final against local rivals Atletico Madrid while the other semi-final will see Barcelona taking on Osasuna.

Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, will host the tournament, with both the semi-finals and the final on January 14 set to be played at the Al-Awwal Park Stadium in the city

Barcelona will enter the 2024 Super Cup as the defending champions. In the semi-finals, they are set to square off against Osasuna, who secured their spot in Riyadh by finishing as runners-up in the Copa del Rey last season where they narrowly missed out on the title against Real Madrid.

On the other hand, Atletico earned their spot in the tournament as the third-place finisher in La Liga in the 2022/23 season.

A quick recap

It must be noted that Supercopa de Espana or the Spanish Super Cup is contested between four teams, who happen to be the winners and runners-up of the Copa del Rey and La Liga.

Last year, Real Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona and Real Betis qualified for the competition. Interestingly enough, both semi-finals needed penalties to decide the finalists before Barcelona took on Real Madrid in the final.

While it was indeed expected to be a close encounter, Barcelona wreaked havoc by beating Madrid 3-1, with Gavi, Robert Lewandowski, and Pedri getting on the scoresheet. 

Karim Benzema got on the scoresheet for Real Madrid, but it was just too little too late for the Los Blancos. Nevertheless, Madrid got their revenge later in the season, beating Barcelona 4-1 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey semi-final. 

This year’s Supercopa de Espana will be played between January 10 and January 14. Real Madrid’s clash against Atletico – scheduled on January 10 – will be the first semi-final while Barcelona’s clash against Osasuna – to be played on January 11 – will be the second.

The winners of the respective matches will eventually battle for the title on January 14.

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How Real Madrid can cope with Brahim Diaz’s AFCON leave

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Real Madrid will face a significant challenge in the middle part of the 2025/2026 season.

The 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is set to take place in Morocco from December 21, 2025, to January 18, 2026, which could lead to the temporary loss of one of their key players, Brahim Diaz.

Brahim Diaz, an integral part of Real Madrid’s squad, is likely to be called up to represent Morocco in the tournament.

Under FIFA regulations, Real Madrid cannot refuse to release him for international duty. His potential absence could create a void in the squad during a crucial part of the season.

Diaz, whose contract with Real Madrid runs until 2027, has been a standout performer. In the recently concluded season, the 24-year-old scored 12 goals and provided 9 assists in 44 appearances for Los Blancos.

His contributions have been vital to the team’s success, and his absence will certainly be felt.

Three potential solutions for Real Madrid

To mitigate the impact of Diaz’s potential absence, Real Madrid could look to other talents within their squad. One promising option is Arda Güler, often referred to as the “Turkish Pearl.”

In his debut season with Real Madrid, the 19-year-old showcased his abilities despite having a relatively reserved role for most of the campaign.

Güler’s prominence increased towards the end of the season, especially after Real Madrid had already secured the league title. He finished the season with 6 goals in 12 appearances, demonstrating his potential to step up when needed.

Güler’s ability to play in advanced midfield positions and his knack for scoring could make him a suitable replacement for Diaz during the AFCON period.

This opportunity could also accelerate the player’s development, providing him with more significant playing time and a chance to solidify his place in the team.

Another option for Real Madrid would be to make a signing in the summer of 2025 to cater for Brahim’s vacancy.

Currently, the name of Germany and Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz has been mentioned as a possibility for Real Madrid in a year.

His versatility and vision on the ball make him a good option to replace Brahim Diaz in the squad.

Lastly, with the absence of signings, Real Madrid can look into their youth side and call up Nico Paz to the first team for the one month Brahim Diaz will be out for.

The 19-year-old scored 11 goals and 4 assists in the just-ended season, with one of the goals coming in the UEFA Champions League against Napoli when he had his chance in the first team.

He has the vision, drive, and skillset that make him a like-for-like replacement for Brahim Diaz.

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