Bayern Munich vs Sevilla, for the European Super Cup: preview and live lineups

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The Germans are favorites against the Spanish. In the middle of the pandemic, it is played with the public and there is fear of possible infections.

Bayern Munich and Sevilla meet in the final of the European Super Cup, which the recent champions of the two UEFA tournaments dispute in a possible atypical scenario in these times of pandemic, because They will do it in a stadium that will have 20,000 seats enabled for public entry.

The match will be played at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time) in the new Puskas stadium in Budapest, with live televising and live ESPN 2 (Cablevisión channels 103 and DIrecTV 623).

Bayern Munich, the champion of the Champions League, and Sevilla, the winner of the Europa League, are going for their second conquest in the cup that unifies the two great trophies of the continent: the Germans won it in 2013 and the Spanish won it in 2006.

But the sporting expectation intrinsically generated by seeing the two best teams from the previous season is affected by the framework expected in the match, since UEFA took this final as a health test in the midst of the coronavirus, with the qualification of almost a third of the capacity of the stadium in the Hungarian capital.

So, up to 20,000 people can attend the Puskas in Budapest, according to the tickets that went on sale, a circumstance that aroused doubts and questions in the midst of an outbreak of the pandemic that is observed in several countries in Europe, including Spain.

From the competition, it is a final a priori without equivalences, because the level of the cups that one and the other won, but above all because of the football present of both: thus, Bayern Munich has a marked favoritism in the bookmakers, since a victory for the Germans pays 1.30, against 8 for an eventual victory for the Spanish and 6 for a possible draw.

The Bavarians won the Champions League for the sixth time with a full of victories, an unprecedented record in the history of the competition that had one exception: from the quarter-finals a single match was played in Portugal, the venue chosen for the dispute of the final stretch of the tournament in the middle of the pandemic.

In that country, they defeated Lionel Messi’s Barcelona 8-2, Olympique Lyon 3-0, which had just eliminated Manchester City, and Paris Saint Germain 1-0 in the final.

In the Europa League the competition format was repeated, but in Germany. There, Sevilla they beat Roma (2-0) in the round of 16, Wolverhampton (1-0) in the quarterfinals, Manchester United (2-1) in the semis and Inter (3-2) in the final.

The coincidence that unites both finalists is that both reached, in the 2019-20 season, the same number of historical titles in each tournament: six in the Champions League for Bayern Munich and also for Sevilla in the Europa League.

Of course, unlike the framework that they have seen on the way to their respective titles, in which they played all their matches without an audience in the stands in both Portugal and Germany, the Budapest meeting generated a state of alert due to the presence of spectators at the Puskas stadium.

30% of the 68,000 seats in the venue were put up for sale, that is, about 20,000 spectators with whom UEFA hoped to turn this meeting into a test for the long-awaited return of the fans after months of empty stands.

But the coronavirus is far from being defeated and the “test match” is now more of a scare stage, despite the drastic sanitary measures taken by the organizers as a requirement of those who are going to enter the stadium: they must have negative PCR tests, wear face masks and maintain social distance, and everyone will have their temperature taken.

And it is that Hungary is not an exception in a Europe very affected by the virus, since this country considered a sanitary “risk zone” by most of the European nations, including Germany. This did not help to convince the Bavarian fans, who also had to take tests on the outward and return journey.

The head of the Bavarian regional government, Markus Söder, also considered that a trip to Budapest “is not reasonable”. Due, some 800 Bayern fans returned their tickets and there will only be 1,300, according to UEFA, while about 500 fans from 3,000 localities will travel to Sevilla initially planned for each delegation.

Even Bayern coach Hansi Flick expressed doubts about the insistence on keeping the match in Budapest: “It is something that is not fully understood”, said.


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