Real Madrid president Perez says Super League clubs are “trying to save football” – but admits “I didn’t explain it well”

The Spanish executive still believes that there will be a separatist competition to replace the “obsolete” Champions League

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reiterated that he believes the Superliga could “save football”, while adding that he believes the almost universal reaction to the plan is due to its “poor presentation”.

Perez is at the forefront of the momentum to form a Super League, which collapsed in the days since his announcement due to the withdrawals of the six English clubs, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.

However, Real boss Javier Tebas, who has been criticized by La Liga chief Javier Tebas, remains dedicated to the idea of ​​a Super League and says he still believes football could be exactly what it needs in the wake of economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

What did Perez have to say?

“UEFA put on a show, which I was completely surprised by,” he told Spanish television. El Larguero. “It’s like dropping a nuclear bomb. What I did wrong? Maybe we presented it badly, but why didn’t they let us talk about it.

“It’s not fair that in England six lose and 14 win, that the big clubs in Spain lose money and the small clubs make money. Football is a pyramid. If there is money at the top, then the money flows down and everyone gets something.

“At the top [of tennis, [Roger] Federer has to play against [Rafael] Christmas. People are not going to see Nadal against the 80th in the world. “

He added: “I have never seen such aggression from the UEFA president and internal leagues. He seemed orchestrated. Insults, threats, as if we had killed football. We tried to save football.”

The way forward

Despite the failure of the Super League, Perez believes that there will eventually be another proposal and another plan to change what he sees as a current “outdated” format.

“I’m sad and disappointed,” he said. “We have been working on this for years, looking to see how to improve things from a football and economic point of view. The leagues are sacred. What we can change are the midweek games. The Champions League is outdated. It is only interesting in the quarterfinals. the final “.

“We are open for someone else to come up with an option other than the Superliga,” he continued. “It’s not about the rich and the poor. Madrid isn’t rich, it’s rich in trophies. I don’t make a dime out of it. I have to say that in 20 years, if I wanted a shirt, I paid for it. I have the authority to to say that if I do that, it’s for the good of football. “

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