There is no panic or anything like that with regard to Real Madrid ‘s trip to Girona, but members of the security which surround the team are on maximum alert, and as such the team will not travel on their usual team bus.
The political situation in Catalonia leaves any possibility open on Sunday, when Los Blancos play at the Estadio Montilivi, at 16.15 CET.
“A great uncertainty,” club security have suggested.
The only measure that Real have been able to take for now is not to use the official bus – for two reasons.
Firstly, for safety, so as not to expose the team, travelling in a bus decked out with Real Madrid badges and which always becomes a target in matches of maximum tension.
“We did not take it to El Clasico either,” security noted.
Secondly, it doesn’t make sense logistially.
The Madrid bus will also be at Wembley and its presence in Girona was not the most comfortable for those in charge of getting it to London.
Real plan to travel to Girona next Saturday at 19.00 CET, by plane, but it is not ruled out that the travel plan is modernised in the lead up to the match.
“We don’t know what will happen in the next few days… if there will be Mossos, National Police, Civil Guard… if Article 155 is applied and the tension is enormous, we must travel on the same day,” a spokesperson remarked.
For now, the Mossos (Catalan Police) are in charge of patrolling the game and are developing their match day response with total normality, giving Real Madrid the same treatment that Barcelona had on its visit to Girona.
The president of the Government, Carles Puigdemont, a native of Girona and follower of the Catalan club, has not confirmed his presence at the game just yet.