La Liga fixture scheduling is not currently a popular subject at the Bernabéu, particularly when it comes to rest days between Champions League outings and league matches.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti points out that for the first ‘El Clásico’ on 25th October that ‘Los Blancos’ had played at Anfield just three days earlier on the Wednesday while Barça’s match was at home to Ajax on the Tuesday. Real Madrid came out victorious in ‘El Clásico’ and no more was said about the scheduling, but that does not mean that Real have forgotten about it.
This passed weekend, Barça played APOEL on Tuesday while Real’s clash in Basel was on Wednesday. Airport closures meant that Ancelotti’s side did not return to Madrid until Thursday, leaving little time to prepare for a Saturday trip to Malaga, Los Blancos meanwhile were not amused to find out that Barcelona were given an extra day to prepare for their trip to Valencia on Sunday.
Expect complaints from the Bernabéu to continue, especially if both Madrid sides qualify for the next round of the Copa del Rey as expected, as the primary schedule will give Atlético at least one extra day preparation for what looks likely to be a massive Madrid derby.