The Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla has been changed to a single fixture for this season only due to fixture congestion for both sides.
The game which will be played on August 12 is the first potential piece of silverware for the season for both clubs.
The venue is yet to be decided, with Tangier being seen as a potential destination. It’s highly likely to be a neutral venue in order to ensure that one side doesn’t have the advantage.
Sevilla have qualifying matches for the Europa League in late July and early August which means their season starts early.
Barcelona have friendlies around the same time for the International Champions Cup, with the last one against AC Milan scheduled for the 5th August. This was a major issue because that’s when the first leg of the Super Cup was supposed to be played.
Sevilla were against the changes due to commitments to their season ticket holders and fans in general. Therefore, Barcelona are the ones to benefit from this decision, but Sevilla didn’t offer a workable alternative. This could benefit them, though, because there is a bigger chance of them being victorious in one leg rather than two.
Los Hispalenses are only in this competition because the losing finalists in the Copa del Rey are given a place rather than the team that finishes in second in the league. They will be determined to get revenge after being destroyed 5-0 by the Catalans in what will forever be known as ‘Iniesta’s final’. It was probably the best performance from Barcelona all season with their attacking fluidity being unstoppable. The last Super Cup between the two ended in a 5-0 aggregate defeat back in 2016.
This will be the first competitive domestic game for Sevilla’s new manager Pablo Machin; he guided Girona to 10th place in their first ever La Liga campaign last season. It could also be the first time Barcelona fans see Arthur in a competitive game because he is due to join the club over the coming days. Hopefully Clement Lenglet’s transfer will also be sorted by that point because he is reportedly close to joining Barca from Sevilla.