Madrid in the spotlight: The pros and cons of River-Boca at the Bernabeu – MARCA.com

Madrid in the spotlight: The pros and cons of River-Boca at the Bernabeu – MARCA.com

Copa Libertadores Conmebol’s decision to debate

The official announcement that the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will host the match between River Plate and Boca Juniors has put the city of Madrid in the spotlight.

Defenders and detractors of this decision debate on whether it is correct that the capital of Spain is responsible for organising the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores.

These are the pros and cons of the Conmebol decision:

1. Unprecedented security

Spain will have to activate an unusual operation to receive the fans of River Plate and Boca Juniors, two historically opposed teams.

The rivalry comes to the city of Madrid and the government must ensure the safety of everything that surrounds this match.

2. An internal corruption outside Madrid

Many fans think that a River-Boca Juniors match doesn’t mean anything in Madrid.

If the incidents were due to internal corruption, the logical thing is that it is in this internal area that the problem of the final of the Copa Libertadores should be resolved.

3. A weekend full of tourists

The match between River Plate and Boca Juniors will only increase the influx of people in Madrid.

In Spain, the bridge of the Constitution is celebrated, and many take the opportunity to visit the city in a Christmas setting.

The Argentine fans will join the tourists who will come for the duel on Sunday.

4. Anger from Argentina

Argentine columnists and media have already shown their displeasure for taking a purely Argentine final out of the country.

The journalist of Ole, Federico Rozenbaum, explains it.

“The final in Madrid is a kick in the soul to all the football fans of Argentina,” he wrote.

“Ten thousand kilometres away, River-Boca is a ridiculous attempt to transform the Superclasico into a Champions League event.”

1. In principle, without ‘Barras Bravas’

The president of Conmebol, Alejandro Dominguez, announced that the The ‘Barras Bravas’ are prohibited from leaving the country by air.

Therefore, the fans who caused all the altercations in Buenos Aires will not be able to enter Spain.

It was, for this reason, that the option to play in Asuncion (Paraguay) was dismissed.

The most radical supporter could reach that Paraguayan city by road.

2. Madrid, the capital of football

This season Madrid will become the capital of world football.

Next December 9 it will host the final of the Copa Libertadores in what will be a historic game and, six months later, in the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, the final of the Champions League will be played.

Prestige that will remain forever.

3. Greatest Argentine community in the world

If you think carefully, the choice of Spain is not as bad as many think.

The country is home to the largest community of Argentines in the world that, with this decision, will take advantage to see their teams up close.

4. The 10th safest city in the world.

The president of Conmebol also sent a message to support Madrid, and Spain‘s capital is the 10th safest city in the world.

There should be no problem in that sense with the fans that fill the stands of the Santiago Bernabeu, as Madrid is more than accustomed to sporting events of maximum risk.

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