Cruz Azul vs. Real MadridDecember 15, 2014
All the fuss on Monday morning was about the Champions League, which saw Real Madrid paired with Schalke again, but Los Blancos are focusing their attention on a different competition altogether at the moment: the Club World Cup.
And they get their campaign in Morocco underway on Tuesday night.
They’ll meet Mexican side Cruz Azul, who came through a rain-drenched affair against nine-man Western Sydney Wanderers in the quarter-final at the weekend.
However, it was so wet that the pitch in Rabat took quite a beating, meaning FIFA have taken the option to switch Tuesday’s semi-final to the Moroccan capital, Marrakech.
B/R takes a look at the issues and the decisions that will shape the match.
How do logistics affect a football match?
Real Madrid flew into Rabat, where they were expecting to play their first match of the Club World Cup, but they will now have to uproot to Marrakech to play the game, per J.L. Guerrero of AS.
It’s unsettling, but it is unlikely to be enough to knock the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale out of their stride.
Cruz Azul are also in the same situation, although they’ve been in Morocco for longer as they had to enter the competition at an earlier stage than the European champions.