PEPA GUARDIOL’s success with Manchester City is entirely due to the statement that Abu Dhabi United has invested £2 billion in the English club over the past 13 years. “It’s not just a question of money. It is wrong to think this way,” said the Catalan coach. However, in the Champions League final in Porto City on Saturday, they will be the only club that spent more in the transfer window last summer-Chelsea, funded by the Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich. Goal.com wrote.
If Villarreal fails to defeat Arsenal and enter the Europa League final with Manchester United, the finals of two related European competitions will be played entirely in English for the second time in three seasons. The veteran elites in Europe have been worried about this-the Premier League is profiting locally due to its financial advantages.
“Clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus understand what is happening. Their worst nightmare is becoming a reality. They realize that the best Premier League clubs can make more money, especially TV contracts, and then in the football market Use it to see the current level of coaching in the Premier League: Guardiola, Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Carlo Ancelotti…” said Josh Robinson of The Wall Street Journal and continued. :
“Other European clubs think that English clubs dominate as they did in the late 2000s. But now they also want to know how they will reduce this difference this time. That’s why they need an attractive domestic league with many championship contenders. , And European dominance. But they cannot bridge the funding gap that has appeared in recent years. Serie A cannot provide the same TV rights income as the Premier League, and La Liga cannot provide it. This is also the reason why Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona want the Super League. “
Although the pandemic has also affected the British elite, it has destroyed many European competitors and exposed the fragile financial models on which their success depends. Inter Milan won the Serie A championship, but its Chinese boss was forced to cut costs, and Juventus had to make a major decision on Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Ronaldo still has a one-year contract of 31 million euros. Real Madrid has not spent a penny in the last two transfer windows, but its economic problems are insignificant compared to Barcelona, which has a debt of more than 1 billion euros.
Therefore, when the financial situation is extremely uncertain, it is not surprising that the traditional European superpowers seek firm guarantees. On Friday, April 16, UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) agreed to adopt a new Champions League system from 2024 to ensure that elite teams play more matches with their biggest competitors during the extended group stage.
But this seems not good enough for Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and his Madrid opponent Florentino Perez. Therefore, in desperation, they turned their backs on UEFA and, with the support of 10 other European clubs, quickly launched the Super League (ESL) before midnight on Sunday, April 18. Only 48 hours later, all this collapsed after a fierce reaction from the fans (mainly England fans).
“As far as I have talked with people who participated in ESL, they are expected to be resisted by fans, but they think they will get through the storm. What they didn’t expect is political support. People like Boris Johnson once participated in it. ESL is doomed to fail,” Robinson revealed.
Even the start-up method of the Super League is not the happiest.
“No one was surprised by the final establishment of the Super League, but the performance was surprising. Some of these clubs, such as Juventus and Real Madrid, have worked hard for this for many years. What they provided was a very bad press release. There is no sign. Considering the amount involved, the level of amateurs is shocking,” Ronan Evan of the European Football Supporters Group told Goal.com, adding:
“Either they are forced to speed up the process, or they think the idea is great, and there is no need to place it carefully. I think this shows that many football clubs are not run by particularly smart people. There is a theory that this is all A planned move by the big clubs is to gain more control over UEFA games, but that is not the case. They are really trying to leave UEFA.”
And this action retaliated against them. Perez’s position in Madrid may be solid, but given the scale of the humiliation, Agnelli’s leading position in Turin is still in danger. The Italian official lost his cheeks, influence and friends. But more importantly, the rebels have played their trump card-the long-term threat of forming their own alliance-but failed.
The idea of the Super League has long been a useful way to put pressure on domestic competitors or regulatory agencies to gain more power or a higher revenue share. However, now, the Premier League and other national league matches plan to change their rules and prevent any members from joining the project again.
“It is difficult to know what Real Madrid and Barcelona will do next, because they have now withdrawn their move and ended in failure. The ESL project is clearly not ready yet. This fact shows that it does not have Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. The two largest clubs with the two largest markets in Europe. The fact that they were not involved in the project ruined the project at the beginning, and then British clubs are more likely to quit when pressured by politicians and fans.” Spanish football reporter Andy West (Andy West) said.