Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueño has admitted that Los Blancos face a tough start to the season, after the revealing of the football fixture list in Spain.
Real open the season with their UEFA Super Cup contest against Europa League champions Sevilla in Cardiff, before playing the two legs of the Supercopa de España against city rivals Atletico.
Los Merengues then finally begin their league campaign against newly promoted Cordoba, before making the trip to Real Sociedad in the final weekend of August. The start to September doesn’t get any easier, as after the first international break, Real play Atletico once again in the League, for an incredible third time in the space of a month.
Butragueno said “That’s the way it is. We have to be prepared for every game and we have a very intense August: the European Super Cup, the Supercopa de España, and the start of La Liga.
“Then the players will be on international duty and then the match against Atlético de Madrid.
The first El Clasico is at the Bernabeu on the 25-26th of October, the first matchday after new Barca signing Luis Suarez’s four month ban, but Butragueño dismissed that, saying it is “quite a way off”.