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Sat, 24 Apr 2021 11:00:00 -0700
MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the 12 clubs who were to found the European Super League cannot abandon it due to binding
MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the 12 clubs who were to found the European Super League cannot abandon it due to binding contracts, and he promised the project would return after a period of reflection.
Perez was one of the leading figures in the breakaway competition, which was unveiled last Sunday only to fall apart within days when all six English clubs involved withdrew and others followed.
But Perez, whose club is one of three teams along with Barcelona and Juventus yet to abandon the project, said it was not so simple for clubs to leave.
“I don’t need to explain what a binding contract is but effectively, the clubs cannot leave,” Perez told Spanish newspaper AS on Saturday.
“Some of them, due to pressure, have said they’re leaving. But this project, or one very similar, will move forward and I hope very soon.”
The Super League was dealt another blow on Friday when JPMorgan, who had provided a 3.5 billion euro ($4.2 billion) grant to the founding clubs, said it had “misjudged how the deal would be viewed”.
Perez, however, said the bank was still on board.
“It’s not true they’ve withdrawn. They have taken some time for reflection, just like the 12 clubs. If we need to make changes we will but the Super League is the best project we’ve thought of,” he added.
“The partnership still exists as do the members who comprise the Super League. What we have done is taken a few weeks to reflect in light of the fury of certain people who don’t want to lose their privileges and have manipulated the project.”
Devised in secret among club bosses and financiers, theproject has effectively imploded, however, after a ferocious backlash from fans, pundits and politicians.
Perez reiterated the need for the new competition to boost clubs struggling to cope with losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the 12 Super League clubs had lost a combined 650 million euros last year and stood to lose up to 2.5 billion euros this year.
He was also not convinced by UEFA’s next reform of the Champions League, which will see the competition expanded to 36 teams from 2024.
“The Super League is the best possible project to help football come out of the crisis. Football is gravely hurt and we have to adapt to the era we live in,” he added.
“I think that the Champions League reform isn’t the best it can be, and what’s more we cannot wait until 2024.”
(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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The hosts had their chances but failed to take any in what was a disappointing result
Real Madrid failed to move into first place in the La Liga after drawing at home to Real Betis on Saturday, 0-0. Los Blancos had their chances to win and dominated the ball as expected, but they lacked sharpness in the final third. The club still remains in second place in the league with five games to go.
But how did each Real Madrid player perform in this one? Here are our player ratings for the match for every starter, substitute and manager.
All ratings are out of 10, and the higher the number the better. A zero would be a first-minute red card. A 10 would be like a dominant hat trick.
(GK) Thibaut Courtois
Only had to make two saves, one which came from close and a narrow angle that he handled well. Had to worry about crosses more than anything. Denied Borja Iglesias with a fortunate save in the second half.
The defender was a bit overpowered at time by Betis’ strength but held his own and didn’t make any mistakes. Continues to be a reliable piece in this defense.
(DEF) Eder Militao
Struggled in the air and didn’t close down well enough, nearly costing his team. Not the worst performance, but he will have to be better in Champions League this week if he plays.
(DEF) Raphael Varane
Dominated his duels, was a sure thing in the air and timed his challenges well. If anything his accuracy heading the ball out was a tad off.
(DEF) Dani Carvajal
Had three clearances but didn’t have to worry about a whole lot. Got forward well but lacked sharpness. Was taken off for the final 22 minutes.
The strongest player defensively. Was physical, led his team with three tackles and recovered the ball with ease at times. Also created a couple of chances.
He moved the ball around with incredible precision but did not get the looks he wanted as both of his shots were blocked. Needed to be quicker to get off his shots. Came off in the second half.
(MID) Luka Modric
Got over an hour of action before being saved for midweek. He created a couple chances but none of them were really any good. Should have taken more shots from range as Betis worried about runners.
(FWD) Marco Asensio
Had more shots than any other Real Madrid player, and a couple of them were decent. He got into space, settled the ball well and had a crack, but at times he was trying to be too cute.
Not much from the young Brazilian. He looked lively in the opening minutes but quickly faded, not even lasting an hour.
(FWD) Karim Benzema
Only touched the ball 38 times, which is saying something considering how often he drops back a bit or wide to get the ball. Still looked like a threat before the ball got to him but just wasn’t sharp.
Made an impact in his 31 minutes by looking more dangerous than any other player all game. Just couldn’t find the back of the net.
Sensational down the wing by creating two chances, one of which should have been scored. Really a bright spot that nearly helped take home three points.
Saw a lot of the ball and had a good look inside the box that he missed terrible. Really looked like he could be the difference at times.
Will feel like a missed chance in the title race. Time to quickly turn the page to Chelsea, but it would have been nice to see Hazard get more minutes than he did. The defense remains encouraging for the most part.
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– April 24, 2021