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A marathon comes to Madrid: Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup, Anfield and almost the entire Cup, in two months. The physical trainer and his ‘magic’, more key than ever


Pintus has a big plan

The paths of the ‘Sextete’ are inscrutable. A mixture of potholes and quicksand that offers no respite: play, play, play, play… and play again . That comes to Madrid now, a marathon that could well be considered an Ironman: except for surprise, he will spend two months playing a game every 3-4 days practically uninterrupted . It is what you have to do to compete in all competitions and, of course, aspire to them. Utopia of many and challenge of few. Ancelotti’s plan to avoid derailing goes through a proper name: Antonio Pintus . The physical trainer that recent years have elevated to the Olympus of the guild. Praised by everyone, Madridistas and rivals; and that, in this sport, is already a milestone.

His techniques are envied. Do they work? And the first team appeals to them to survive the two grueling months that lie ahead . When the clock at Puerta del Sol has struck its last bell, in Valdebebas it will sound like a pistol shot. They start 60 days with three titles at stake… and much more. The first, the Spanish Super Cup (January 11-15; semifinals against Valencia and in the final, Barcelona or Betis would wait). And just go back? The eighth of the Cup, as long as the visit to Cacereño on January 3 (9:00 p.m., La 1) does not break the dream early.

The race continues: two weeks later, Ancelotti’s men will have to get on the plane to travel to Morocco, where they will play the Club World Cup (February 1-11; the draw is still unknown, but the great white rival is Flamengo , with David Luiz, Arturo Vidal, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Filipe Luis and Diego Alves, among others). That is to say, in just a month and a little, Madrid will already have played two titles and, in between, they will be disputing toss or tossing the cup bullets . Because, in this sense, if they pass the round of 16, the quarter final tie would be immediately after: January 25, also a single match.