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Newly-appointed Super League CEO teases inauguration for 2024/25: “It’s reasonable”



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European Super League committee has recently appointed Bernard Reichart as their new CEO, who spoke to the Financial Times and Reuters about the prospects of the competition in the coming years.

Reichart confirms the ESL project is being led by the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, along with presidents from Juventus and Barcelona.

“The presidents of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus have recently set out their views on the problems facing the sport. I think they are asking the right questions and personally, I would like to hear many different voices to that the European football community can jointly find the right answers”, Reichart said (h/t MARCA).

The ESL CEO went on to suggest the possibility of potential dialogue with UEFA in the matter, adding: “We don’t want to work against anyone, we want to work for football.”

Reichart does not want to repeat the mistake of the first attempt at starting ESL, where ‘the dialogue was neglected’. “For my part, I ensure an open and transparent dialogue,” he added.

We want to reach out to stakeholders in the European football community and broaden this vision. Even the fans will have a lot of sympathy for the idea. It’s a blackboard in white. The format will never be an obstacle,” Reichart said when asked about the ESL format that received a lot of flak last year.

Reichart continued by criticising the current UEFA Champions League mode, which, according to him, is not sustainable at all.

“The system has become quite unstable, it can no longer stand on its own. I think the clubs should be able to decide their fate because they also bear all the (financial) risks. Most clubs agree that you can’t continue like this,” he said.

Reichart even teased a potential starting date for European Super League, suggesting that the competition could begin from the 2024/25 season onwards.

“Start in 2024-25? It’s reasonable, I’m optimistic,” says Reichart, who was the former CEO of the RTL Deutschland Group.

Incidentally, the new format of the UEFA Champions League will kickstart from the 2024/25 season, where the bigger teams are expected to gain additional quirks. However, with European Super League also in the air, it will be interesting to see how things transpire in European football over the coming years.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’



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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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