The Spanish executive still believes there will be a distant competition to replace the “obsolete” Champions League
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reiterated his belief that the Super League could “save football”, adding that he believed the almost universal backlash the plan received was because it was ” poor presentation ”.
Perez is at the forefront of the Super League campaign, which has fallen into disrepair in the days since its announcement due to the distraction of six English clubs, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.
However, Real’s boss, who has been criticized by La Liga chief Javier Tebas, remains committed to the idea of a Premier League and says he still believes it could be exactly what needed football because of economic hardship caused by and preceding the coronavirus pandemic,
What did Perez have to say?
“UEFA hosted a show, which I was completely surprised by,” he told a Spanish television program El Larguero. “As if we dropped a nuclear bomb. What did we do wrong? We may have presented it badly, but why didn’t they let us talk about it.
“It’s not fair that six in England lose and 14 win, that big clubs in Spain lose money and the small clubs earn money. Football is a pyramid. If money is at the top, then the money is flowing down and everyone is getting some.
“At the top [of tennis, [Roger] Federer must play against [Rafael] Nadal. People are not going to see Nadal against the 80th in the world. “
He added: “I have never seen aggressive behavior like it, by the president of UEFA and the domestic leagues. It seemed orchestral. Abuse, threats, like we killed football. We were trying to save football.”
The way ahead
Despite the Super League obstacle, Perez believes there will eventually be another proposal and another plan to change what he considers a current “obsolete” moto.
“I’m sad and disappointed,” he said. “We’ve been working for years now, looking at how to improve things from a football and economic point of view. The leagues are sacred. What we can change is the midweek games. The Champions League is over. It’s just interesting the quarter-finals. “
“We’re open to someone else offering another option than the Super League,” he continued. “It’s not about the rich and the poor. Madrid isn’t rich, it’s full of trophies. I don’t earn a penny of this. I have to say in 20 years, if I wanted a shirt, I I had the authority to say, if I do this it’s for the benefit of football. “