Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Barca's team bus goes missing in Saudi Arabia

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Barca's team bus goes missing in Saudi Arabia

- Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid will faceoff tonight and ahead of the game Barca have changed their training venue

- The change in venue proved too costly as the team bus had difficulty accessing the new grounds

- The Catalan giants are set to face off with Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super cup Semi-final

There was panic in the Barcelona camp in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, January 8, after the team bus seemingly got lost en route to training ahead of their Spanish Super cup semifinal against Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde was scheduled for a press conference along with midfielder Sergio Busquets but the team driver didn't make it to the Itthitad on time.

The Barcelona bus had not arrived at the intended destination at the desired time and while being late is a bit excusable, questions were raised 30 minutes later when there was still no sign of the vehicle.

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Reports also revealed that Barcelona decided to hold their training session at the Al-Ittihad Sport City due to concerns over the state of the football pitch at the Al Ahli complex.

Confusion as Barcelona team bus gets lost in Saudi Arabia
Valverde was scheduled for a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the match but it never happened. Photo:
Source: UGC

The semi-finals were set to be played at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium which is a fair distance from the Al Ittihad facility where the team was conducting their training.

It is understood that the bus further got lost in mass traffic in the 40 miles in between the two venues, Al Ittihad and the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.

Speaking on the embarrassing incident, Valverde explained that they were initially not very familiar with the city but they realised their mistake eventually.

"We certainly know the city a bit better now," Valverde said a little later. "There was a little mistake. We went to the stadium where Real Madrid and Valencia play tonight.

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"He realised before we arrived but then there was some traffic, so we were late," he explained as quoted by Goal. earlier reported that Real Madrid are through to the final of this year's Spanish Super Cup after their 3-1 victory over Valencia at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Saudi Arabia.

German midfielder Toni Kroos opened scoring for Los Blancos in the 15th minute in the maiden edition of the expanded version of the competition.

Isco and Luka Modric also recorded their names on the scores sheet to power the Galacticos to convincing win at the end of the game.

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