A Supercopa that could alter the entire season
Barcelona set off on the long trip to Jeddah as LaLiga Santander’s winter champion, yet they departed Saudi Arabia with weaker grip on the title after a Supercopa de Espana that could change the season.
Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the semi-final has left the Cules in a state of crisis with Luis Suarez now absent for four months and Ernesto Valverde’s position as coach seemingly weakened.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, emerged victorious from the tournament after a penalty shootout victory over Atletico Madrid and they return to Spain with incredible confidence.
Zinedine Zidane has overcome his own struggles to get Real Madrid back on an even footing, and perhaps even move into the ascendency in the domestic title race.
The juxtaposing fortunes of the two clubs present an interesting second half of the season, especially with both level on points at the LaLiga Santander summit.
Zidane knows his best team, his style and he knows that his latest triumph has bought him both time and trust in his job.
Valverde isn’t sure if he will even be Barcelona’s coach by the time the next domestic match takes place and the team is lacking a leading no.9.
All of this has come from a mid-season Supercopa de Espana that could shake up the entire 2019/20 campaign.