Real Madrid’s victory in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United has opened up the opportunity for their subsequent opponents to show their respect with a guard of honour, even if it’s Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana.There are precedents for Spanish sides to honour this achievement, as has happened for Atletico Madrid in 2012 and 2010 by Rayo Vallecano and Sporting Gijon, respectively, whilst Villarreal did so for Valencia in 2004.
However, these occurred during a regular season LaLiga game, not a final in itself such as the Supercopa.
And in 2014, Atleti opted against giving Real a guard of honour in their Supercopa clash a week after Los Blancos had beaten Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
Bad blood between Madrid and Barcelona hasn’t always been an obstacle. In fact, Frank Rijkaard’s Blaugrana paid tribute to their rivals’ LaLiga title triumph in 2008 with a guard of honour before a 4-1 humbling at the hands of Raul and others.