The Argentine coach of Spanish club Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone, believes that the cup matches should go directly to penalty kicks in the event that the teams are tied in normal time, without resorting to the extra two halves.
The majority of knockout tournaments currently require resorting to two additional periods of 30 minutes in the event of a tie, before resorting to penalty kicks, if it continues to determine the qualifier or the champion.
Simeone said in a press conference on Wednesday, on the eve of facing his neighbor, Real Madrid, in the quarter-finals of the Cup competition, “It is a (penalty penalty) position in the match that we must go to directly and not go to extra time, I think, there is already a lot of playing time.”
The two semi-final matches of the Spanish Super Cup, which were held in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of this month, saw resort to two extra periods and then penalty kicks to determine the qualifiers for the final match, as Real Madrid and Barcelona defeated Valencia and Real Betis, respectively.
Real Betis Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini had complained about his team having to play extra time, and said, “With the high pace at which (matches) are being played now, there should be no extra time, given the speed at which we are playing today, we are asking a lot of players.” When we force them to go to extra innings.”