MADRID, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid will play their postponed match away to Celta Vigo between the penultimate and final round of matches of the season, meaning there will be a change in the way the Spanish football season comes to a conclusion.
Speaking on BeIN Sports, LaLiga President, Javier Tebas confirmed the match between Celta and the league leaders, which was due to be played in February, but postponed when hurricane force winds damaged the roof of Celta's Balaidos Stadium, will be played between May 16-19th.
That changes the tradition which usually sees all of the games in the last two rounds of matches in Spain all kick off at the same time so that no side has the advantage of knowing what their rivals have done and what they need to do to achieve their aims.
"This year we have this handicap and we will not be able to play all of the matches on the penultimate round of games at the same time, but what else can we do?" said Tebas.
The LaLiga President said the Celta postponement and the fact Madrid had played in the World Club Championship in December, which also saw their game in Valencia postponed, had meant there were no spare dates in the calendar.
This problem would have been resolved if Celta and Madrid had been knocked out of Europe, but Madrid are still in the Champions League, while Celta will play the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
"Until there are 400 days in the year or the World Club Championship is played at a different date... we have a calendar packed with international competitions," concluded Tebas.
Many fans in Spain would point to the fact that the home and away format of the King's Cup knockout competition which occupies every midweek in January and February, is also a key in leaving league with little room for maneuver if matches are postponed.