City got ahead of Madrid in the battle of dates

The dates of the recent Copa del Rey final and the first leg of the Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Manchester City have caused rivers of ink in recent weeks. Several members of Real Madrid have complained in public and in private about the short space of time between the two matches. However, a certain part of the responsibility lies in the white club’s lack of foresight. In that sense, Manchester City won the game. As AS has learned, the English club, After overcoming the round of 16 match against Leipzig on March 14, he asked UEFA that the first game of the semifinals be played on Tuesday. The reason for that request was based on the fact that Saturday, April 6, was the date set for the Coronation of King Charles III of England. In light of this historic event, Manchester City thought that their Premier League match against Leeds was going to be brought forward to Friday, so they would have one more day off than Real Madrid. UEFA accepted that request from City, although in the end the move did not turn out entirely well for the English club because their match against Leeds was not brought forward and was played last Saturday, at 4:00 p.m. Of course, six hours before the final of the Copa del Rey between Real Madrid and Osasuna.

Real Madrid, for its part, has known since June 2022 that the 2022-23 Copa del Rey final was set for May 6 of this year. Initially, it had been scheduled for April 29. But the coincidence with the April Fair and the logistical and security problems that it could cause led to the Delegate Commission of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to ‘relocate’ the final of the Copa del Rey for May 6. The white club, despite being aware of the Copa del Rey and Champions League calendars since the start of the season, did not send a request to UEFA until a few days ago to delay the first leg of the semifinals against Manchester City. The highest level of European football rejected the white request because weeks ago it had responded affirmatively to the English club’s demand to play last Tuesday.

The complaints from Real Madrid also extended to the time of the Copa del Rey final, 10:00 p.m. However, the match was played at such a late hour because it was within the time slot set by the television operators and because This gave King Felipe VI enough time to return from London, where he had been all day to attend the coronation of Charles III of England.

Real Madrid with advantage in the second leg

However, facing the second leg of the semifinals, the advantage is on the Madrid side, which has found an unexpected ally in the Eurovision Song Contest. The celebration of said musical event throughout the week in Liverpool has caused other events in the city to have been affected. And that has fully affected Manchester City, since its Premier match this weekend will have to be played on Sunday. And it is that he Citizen team plays against Everton in Liverpool. The Merseyside Police asked the English league not to put any meeting in the city of The Beatles on Saturday to avoid the concentration of a large public and due to the lack of police officers to control both events. City will therefore not be able to play in the Premier until Sunday. The return match against Real Madrid will be played on Wednesday the 17th at the Etihad, so they will have one day less rest than Ancelotti’s men, who will play on Saturday (9:00 p.m.) against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabéu.

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