Florentino Perez’s dream project – the European Super League has hit a major block, days after its inception. As many as 9 teams out of the 12 founding members have withdrawn from the league and now only Real Mdrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus remain.
UEFA have issued strict memorandums for the participating clubs and has warned players involved about the repercussions of playing in the cash-rich league. And with talks of the Super League still having not settled, Real Madrid gear up for their most important match of the season against Chelsea.
“It’s absurd to think Real Madrid won’t be in the Champions League next season”- reckons Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Monday he was not thinking about any sanctions against the club from UEFA in the wake of the European Super League announcement last week. There has been talk of the founding teams being punished by UEFA for their actions. However, Zidane has shrugged off the notion that Real could be banned from European competition.
“It’s absurd to think that we won’t be in the Champions League next season,” he told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final, first leg at home to Chelsea.
“A lot has been said, but all we can do is focus on tomorrow’s game. We’re not in control of the rest so there’s always going to be talk, but for me of course you want to see Madrid in next season’s Champions League.
When asked if the row would affect Tuesday’s semifinal first leg, Zidane told a news conference: “No, I don’t think so. It depends on us on the pitch. The referee will do his job as always.
“We have to think about playing football. If we start to think that everything that’s being said could damage us, we’re screwed, we’ll get in a mess.”