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La Liga president aims dig at Real Madrid, Barcelona over Super League: “It’ll be a bilateral tournament”

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Following the ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union in the matter of the Super League vs UEFA and FIFA, La Liga president Javier Tebas has taken a dig at Real Madrid and Barcelona – the two clubs that remain involved in the project.

The ECJ ruling stated that UEFA and FIFA were abusing their power when blocking the creation of the Super League back in 2021, essentially paving the way for the relaunching of the project in the near future.

Real Madrid and Barcelona both welcomed the ruling from the highest court in Europe, but the governing bodies, ECA, and other leagues, such as La Liga, have not reacted positively to the development as expected.

And, Tebas, who has been a staunch opposer of the Super League project ever since its inception two years ago, has taken a dig, stating that Real Madrid and Barcelona will end up playing each other in a bilateral tournament, citing the lack of support from other clubs.

As quoted by AS, the La Liga chief said: “Only one club has come out to support Florentino. They are going to set up the bilateral tournament, it will be a Barça-Madrid every week. We will see which clubs come out… But the Super League has not been authorised, which is what was intended.”

Stating that the competition cannot go ahead under the UEFA umbrella, he said: “On their own they could before as well, like the friendlies. If they go to compete somewhere else they would not be able to compete in the Champions League.”

Further criticising the project, Tebas added: “We have already seen the model they have come up with, which is against our leagues. What is our league champion going to mean if they cannot go directly to the Champions League?

If the Super League succeeds, the fans, football and the whole sport will lose.”

On the matter of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, Tebas said: “He never loses. The Real Madrid environment has built the story that they were going to win and today they have no choice. Read the sentence, it expressly says that they do not authorise the Super League.”

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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