A few hours after the exclusive explanations of the secretary general of the Super League to the “Parisian” on Monday, the president of this Super League, Florentino Pérez, took over on Spanish television, in the popular program “El Chiringuito”, broadcast at early night.
The one who is also president of Real Madrid, one of the twelve founding clubs, came to deliver the reasons for the creation of this new European competition.
About the absence of French clubs, including PSG, and German, Pérez explains that they have "not been invited" to be part of the founding members. "We think that PSG could join us but I can not come forward because we have not yet spoken," says the Spanish leader. Asked about his rivalry with FC Barcelona, whose president Joan Laporta was the last of the twelve to speak: “I had no trouble convincing Joan Laporta. […] FC Barcelona are going through a difficult economic situation and they know that this is the future of Barça. Economically, the project saves all football ”.
As explained by the secretary general of this Super League, Pérez presents the Covid-19 health crisis as a project accelerator.
“In two seasons, Real Madrid lost 400 million euros, he says.
All our clubs together have lost 5 billion euros.
That the new Champions League format does not begin until 2024 is absurd.
In 2024, we will be dead ”.
One of the responses to the new C1 presented Monday morning by the UEFA executive committee.
Pérez continues: “If we can, we start next year.
If we announced the competition, it is because we are sure to do things in order.
We signed on Saturday, no one is leaving.
We will all negotiate together ”.
Attract the youngest and renew football
On the reasons for the creation of a new format, Florentino Pérez uses the same arguments: attracting the youngest and renewing football. “Football must evolve […] Young people no longer have the same interest in this sport, he believes. We see it in the hearings. Why ? Because there are a lot of matches where the quality is not there and that does not interest them any more. Young people say the matches are too long. Real Madrid was created in 1902, time has passed ”.
Finally, about threats of sanction from UEFA, the president of Real Madrid assures us that "footballers can be quiet, the threats will not go to the end". “These are threats from someone who confuses monopoly and property. We must not threaten, we must dialogue, advocates Pérez. We are proposing a format that saves football, as was the case when the European Cup was created. Nobody is going to exclude Real Madrid from the Champions League, nor Manchester City ”.