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08 August 2017

Why UEFA are allowing water breaks in Super Cup between Manchester United and Real Madrid, and the weather forecast for Skopje

EUROPA LEAGUE winners Manchester United take on Champions League winners Real Madrid in the Super Cup tonight.

The match will be played in Skopje, Macedonia, where the temperature is set to play a part in the game – in fact it’s set to be so hot Uefa are allowing water breaks.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho looks on in training in Macedonia
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho looks on in training in Macedonia[/caption]

Why are Uefa allowing water breaks?

If temperatures reach 32 degrees at kick-off time, then Uefa will organise a pause in play on 30 and 60 minutes for players to re-hydrate.

Macedonia has been hit by the heatwave which has affected much of southern Europe.

As things stand the forecast is that it will be slightly below that when the teams take to the field at the Philip II National Arena – with storms also forecast.

Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba share a joke in training in Skopje
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Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba share a joke in training in Skopje[/caption]

What has United boss Jose Mourinho said about the heat?

Mourinho said after United’s pre-season tour of America, Manchester was not the best preparation for the heatwave.

He said: “I knew the weather was like this so since we were back from the States I have decided to train in Manchester every day at 4pm but it was raining every day? I was trying to keep that feeling of the heat but it was raining every day!”

What TV channel is the Uefa Super Cup on?

BT Sport hold the UK rights to all Uefa competitions.

The match is set to be broadcast on BT Sport 2.

Live coverage starts at 7pm, and the match kicks off at 7.45pm.


 

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