For two clubs almost diametrically different in terms of beliefs, Real Madrid and Barcelona at set to walk hand-in-hand with their shared opposition and support to proposed structural changes to both the domestic and European calendars.
The two clubs are aware that in this case they are a stronger unit when stood together, and they have already made clear they are in favour of Luis Rubiales’ proposal to change both the Supercopa de Espana and the Copa del Rey.
This public support of Rubiales and the RFEF was made clear by the two behemoths turning their backs on LaLiga Santander’s proposal to reject the modifications.
Florentino Perez and Josep Maria Bartomeu are different people and have different ways of acting as president of their respective club, yet they both know they must be united on certain fronts if the Spanish clubs are able to continue in the fight against so called ‘state-owned teams’.
Such a term refers to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, who have been able to spend significant amounts of money in a short period, something which the Blaugrana have felt the full force of with Neymar’s departure.
Joining forces in favour of the changes to the Spanish domestic cups will increase future television rights and allow clubs more money to spend.