Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes that being thrown out of the Champions League as a result of their participation in Super League plans would be “illogical and ridiculous.”
The Blancos, led by club president Florentino Perez, were a key figure in plans to create a breakaway rivalry that enraged the rest of Europe and the rest of the world.
Within 48 hours of its inception, a controversial initiative was shelved, with the fallout still rumbling on as UEFA and domestic governing bodies consider potential penalties for those who tried to destabilize the system.
When told that Real could be kicked out of European competition this season, where they would face Chelsea in the semi-finals, Zidane responded, “We have the right to play in the Champions League.”
“It’s illogical and ludicrous [that we might be disqualified], but I’m not concerned about the refereeing; we’ll play our semi-final as is our right.”
The Blancos manager is ready to put the Super League fiasco behind him and concentrate on the near future at Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Betis will visit Real Madrid on Saturday, and Real will be back in La Liga action.
On the availability front, the Spanish heavyweights have received mixed reports, as has been the case this season.
Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, and Ferland Mendy have been ruled out of Zidane’s plans, but Luka Modric and the injured Eden Hazard are set to return.