The circumstances, coincidences and the lottery system caused Real Madrid to move away from the Russian clubs, thus avoiding the long and exhausting journeys of hell, for distances exceeding the 4,000 km barrier, which it has had to go through several times in recent years.
How Real Madrid moved away from Russia’s trip?
Real Madrid came in the first classification by drawing a lot as the Spanish League champion, which placed it at the top of its group, and the rules of the draw stipulate that a team should be placed from each classification in the group, so that Real Madrid moved away from Zenit, the Russian champion, who came at the top of Group Six.
Also, the rules of the lottery stipulate that the Ukrainian and Russian teams in the same group should not face due to the existence of political tensions between the two countries.
After the Ukrainian Shakhtar was chosen from the second classification in the Real Group, it became impossible to choose the Russian Krasnodar (third classification) or Lokomotiv Moscow (fourth classification) within the same group.
It is noteworthy that the distance between Madrid and Moscow is 4106 kilometers, and the duration of the flight between the two cities reaches 7 and a half hours, while the distance from the Madrid capital to Krasnodar is about 4,658 kilometers, and in the best case the flight between the two cities reaches 14 hours.
Real Madrid’s last visit to Russia dates back to the 2018-2019 season, when it lost 0-1 to CSKA Moscow in the second round of the group stage in the Champions League, noting that it also lost in the return match in Madrid in the sixth round with three without a response.
The most prominent of the two “Russian traps”
Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich signed in Group A with Lokomotiv Moscow, while the draw resulted in Seville, Spain, and Chelsea, in Group E with Krasnodar.
The sixth group included Zenit, Borussia Dortmund, Italian Lazio, and Belgium’s Club Bruges.