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Real Madrid, Barcelona’s Super League project receives massive boost as CJEU rules against FIFA, UEFA

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Real Madrid and Barcelona stand as the only two clubs supporting the European Super League project that was announced two years ago in 2021.

The project was unveiled in April 2021 with the initial support of a dozen top clubs from Spain, England, and Italy, led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

But the backlash from supporters and strong opposition from UEFA and FIFA forced all the other participating members to back out, leaving the La Liga behemoths as the only backers.

However, the project could now once again take off, with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling against FIFA and UEFA on the matter earlier today.

In its ruling, the CJEU pointed out that there is an abuse of dominant power by UEFA and FIFA exercising a monopoly.

“FIFA and UEFA rules on prior approval of inter-club football competitions, such as Super League, are contrary to EU law,” the ruling further stated.

In essence, UEFA cannot sanction Real Madrid and Barcelona by not allowing them to participate in the Champions League if they go ahead with the Super League project.

It is an important ruling in the sense that it will potentially change the paradigm of European football.

The historic ruling means that the green light can be given to the creation of a new competition that would encompass the best clubs in Europe that could compete with the Champions League created by UEFA.

Reacting to the ruling, Bernd Reichart, the CEO of A22 Sports Management, the company of the Super League project, wrote:

“It is a historic day for football – the Super League is on the move! We have won the right to compete. The UEFA monopoly is over. Football is FREE. Clubs no longer have to fear sanctions. And now they can determine their own future.”

Source: MARCA

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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