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Dani Carvajal: Ernesto Valverde Should 'File Complaint' over Super Cup Format

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2020

GETFAE, SPAIN- JANUARY 04: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Daniel Carvajal of Real Madrid controls the ball during the Liga match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on January 4, 2020 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has hit back at Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde's criticism of the new Spanish Super Cup format, telling him to file a complaint if he doesn't like it.

Per Marca's Mari Carmen Torres, Carvajal was told of Valverde's condemnation after Madrid's semi-final win over Valencia, and the full-back didn't feel the same way: "He should file a complaint. It's different, and the atmosphere is different. I have played some Supercopa matches in August, and many people are still on holiday. I've even played Clasicos and the atmosphere wasn't favourable."

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 04: Ernesto Valverde of FC Barcelona follows the action during the Liga match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images)
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When he was reminded Real qualified for the tournament as La Liga's third-placed team, he said: "The tournament rules are clear. The third-placed team in the league is the one who qualifies, and there's no need to dismiss that. We're here to win it. We're in the final, and I hope Real Madrid can be at every edition."

The Spanish Super Cup was traditionally contested by the La Liga and Copa del Rey winners, being Barcelona and Valencia, respectively. This year's event also includes Real and Atletico Madrid, however, in a knockout format.

Valverde prefers the old setup and said money is the reason behind the change and the tournament's hosting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:

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"The bottom line is football has become a business and as a business it looks for income. "That's the reason we are all here." Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde tells it like it is at the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia 👉 https://t.co/TNf5tU7EZ5 https://t.co/7MWgK7g6GB

The Evening Standard's Ben Hayward also voiced criticism:

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RFEF should be ashamed of selling Spain's #Supercopa to Saudi Arabia https://t.co/UifZ4tkiBH

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Nothing would say "Flor de Zidane" quite like his Real Madrid winning a competition they are only in thanks to a timely change of format and qualification by default despite not finishing in top two in La Liga or having reached Copa final... #Supercopa2020

Los Blancos knocked out Copa del Rey winners Valencia in the first semi-final, winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Toni Kroos, Isco and Luka Modric. Carvajal played the full contest. Here are the highlights from the match:

Real have won the Super Cup 10 times, most recently in 2017. La Liga champions Barcelona are the record-holders with 13 wins. Barca face Atletico in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The rivalry between the two giants of Spanish football has been close in the 2019-20 campaign. They are tied at the top of the standings on 40 points and played out a goalless draw in the first Clasico of the season in December.

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