I would call that’s very good decision was made by Valverde, he knew if he let Morata, most likely he would hit it to the net in 1vs1 situation against Courtois (minute 114+), so he chose this “smart” tackle to let both teams draw into penalty.
Result? Guess what! Real Madrid won Supercopa De Espana!
Diego Simeone was interviewed after this match, then he said:
🗣 Diego Simeone: “Fede Valverde’s red card was the most important moment of the game. I told him not to worry, that anyone would’ve done the same in his position. He won the game.”
Fede Valverde also gave statement after the match, then he said:
🎙️ Fede Valverde: “It’s something you shouldn’t do. I said sorry to Morata. It’s not good to do what I did, but I was the last man. I tried to do something else, but I couldn’t get there. I’m happy about the title, but I’m left with a bad feeling because of what I did.
Maybe that piece of play [the red card] stood out because it was one of the last in the game. But what should stand out is every piece of play and every bit of effort from every teammate. They congratulated me and I really enjoyed it with everyone.
Zidane supported me in what was a sad moment. I was leaving the team a man down, but my teammates and the coaching staff gave me strength. Simeone came over too. I’m not going to say what he said, but not everyone would do that.
I’m so happy because I’m playing. I’m at an incredible moment in my life, because in addition to winning sporting titles, I’m going to be a dad.”