​Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has criticised the current format of the Spanish Super Cup, claiming that everything has changed purely to earn more money.


In the past, the Super Cup used to be contested before the start of the season by the winners of both La Liga and the Copa del Rey. However, this year, four teams have travelled to Saudi Arabia to compete in a mini-tournament in the middle of the season.

The decision to take the tournament over to Saudi Arabia was met with criticism, while Valverde has also confessed (via ​BBC Sport) that he is not 'sure' about the new format.


"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," the ​Barcelona boss said.


"It's a completely different format to what we're used to. It was always the first title and the opener of the season and to me that seemed fine.

Ernesto Valverde

"It's been changed and let's see, it will be judged once it has happened. It's interesting, with four good teams, but from a sporting point of view, I'm not sure."


Not only is a trip to Saudi Arabia midway through the season seriously impractical for everyone involved, but it is also a country which has attracted plenty of unwanted attention for human rights issues.


In fact, the deal to hold the Spanish Super Cup in the country was only signed after Saudi Arabia agreed to let women into the stadiums to watch the games.

Antoine Griezmann,Luis Suarez,Arturo Vidal

The reputation of the Super Cup has also been brought into the question. Both finalists from the Copa del Rey qualified for this year's tournament, while the remaining spots were given to the two highest-finishing teams in ​La Liga who had not already qualified.


​Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 to book their place in the final, where they will meet either Barcelona or ​Atlético Madrid, who are set to square off in the second semi-final on Thursday evening.


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