Madrid – The Spanish capital is preparing for a large influx of fans to the famous Plaza de Cibeles to participate in the festivities of Real Madrid, which hopes to win the Spanish First Division title after its match at its stadium against Espanyol next Saturday.
But Real Madrid, led by veteran Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, will have two challenges next Saturday.
The first challenge is to pick up at least one point against struggling Espanyol, who have lost three of their last four league games, to secure the local title with a month to go in the season.
But Ancelotti’s biggest task will be how to manage his team’s home title celebration as the team play the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals next Wednesday as they must come back from a 4-3 loss at the first leg to qualify for the competition for the most important European title in club competitions.
The Italian coach doesn’t seem to be worried about the consequences of celebrating the local title, and believes winning the local title will boost his team’s morale a lot ahead of the decisive European comeback.
“If we win the title on Saturday, of course we will celebrate because I think that will help us in the matchup with Manchester City,” Ancelotti said after the first leg, which was played at the Etihad Stadium of Manchester City, the champion of England, last Tuesday.
Ahead of the last five rounds of the Spanish League, the leading club benefited from Rio Vallecano’s unexpected 1-0 win over arch-rivals Barcelona last Sunday, making the difference with Barcelona second and Sevilla third out of 15 points.
The authorities of the Spanish capital agreed to prepare the celebration in the city center as usual, and the venue will be organized and traffic restricted from Friday, in preparation for receiving a large number of fans who will arrive from the Santiago stadium. Bernabeu after the match. .
Players from the winning team are expected to arrive in an open-top bus to join the crowd celebrating around the square’s famous fountain.
This will be the first opportunity for Real fans to gather to celebrate without a mask after the Covid-19 pandemic, since the club’s last victory in the local title was in 2020 during the implementation of general lockdown measures to avoid the spread of infections.
Ancelotti is expected to watch out and rest several of his key stars like Casemiro, Luka Modric, Ferland Mendy, David Alaba and even top scorer Karim Benzema, in preparation for the return of the Champions League semi-finals against the champions and English Premier League leaders next week.