Nobody could imagine that when on March 1, 2020, at 11:17 p.m., the lights of the Santiago Bernabéu went out, they would no longer be turned on. The last roar of the Real Madrid fans was still echoing in the stands, which came with Mariano's goal in that Clásico that the whites won 2-0 and which served as a farewell to fans and players who have not returned step on the Madridista temple. None of us knew. The Covid-19 pandemic stopped football and the Bernabéuwas closed. A year has passed and the ball no longer rolls on the Paseo de la Castellana, but in Valdebebas.
That derby and Mariano's goal, after the Vinícius' one, is the last memory that Madrid's partners and players from the old Bernabéu will have. It was pouring rain that night in Madrid in which conversations about the coronavirus began to be present in the preview of the game. Cristiano Ronaldo went to one of the stadium boxes taking advantage, precisely, that in Italy his match had been suspended due to that strange virus that had started in China and that was beginning to sow panic in northern Italy. However, no one imagined what was to come.
In the stands of the Bernabéu, from where the gigantic cranes on the deck could already be seen, the first masks were beginning to be seen, carried not by the usual subscriber, but by the Asian public who had obtained the VIP tickets and who probably already he had more information about what was to come next. On March 14, Pedro Sánchez declared a State of Alarm through the publication of Royal Decree 463/2020,
Spain was confined and football, like all non-essential sectors, stopped. Not so that of the industry, which caused the cranes and actions outside and inside the Santiago Bernabéu to multiply. It didn't take a genius to realize that it would take a while for fans to return to football and Madrid, thanks to another vision from Florentino Pérez, decided to turn to the remodeling of its stadium, one of the most emblematic civil works in Spain.
The replacement for the Bernabeu, which became the temporary home of Real Madrid
700 employees work daily to get football back on track as soon as possible at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, he has not done badly playing at home outside of his natural habitat, and doing so at the Alfredo Di Stefano. In total, he played 20 games in Valdebebas, and achieved 80% of the possible points. He won 16 and lost 4, with the peculiarity that he never tied. In addition, Zidane's team scored 40 goals, and received just 14.