Pre-Season in Asia, USA or Middle East. Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Referee’s flipping a credit card instead of a coin. I totally understand the need of making money and satisfy the sponsors, but aren’t we going a bit too far?
Can a coach be happy spending a pre-season travelling all the time, sometimes to places without proper conditions for training and with the players having to be ready all the time for the sponsors show-off? Wasn’t the pre-season supposed to be one of the most important periods of a team, where the players get fit, the new players are included in the team and when all the tactical work is done?
How can a team as Arsenal, in the middle of such deep change, get properly ready if theygo to play to Singapore, then 3 days after in Dublin and now having another friendly in Stockholm?
How can the supporters of Juventus and AC Milan, the ones who truly follow the team for all the season, be happy with the decision of playing the Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia?
Again, I understand that the clubs need to give something in exchange for the big money they get from the sponsors and personally I thought it was original the Credit Card thing. But they also need to set limits when that can affect big time their performance during the season. And most of all they need to respect more their local supporters. Is it fair that the Saudi Arabians will be the first to see Cristiano Ronaldo playing an official match with a Juve jersey? Is it fair that they will also be the first to see Higuain playing an official match with a Milan jersey? I don’t think so.