Zinedine Zidane has insisted he has no need to issue a public defense of under-fire Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. So, Real Madrid head coach Zidane won’t defend Perez over Super League and the president’s continued championing of it.
Real chief Perez spearheaded the failed Super League, indeed, he was to become the Chairman of the breakaway competition.
Perez came under great pressure in the wake of the competition’s spectacular collapse. However, unlike ten of the twelve clubs involved, he refused to withdraw and instead insisted the project was not dead.
Barcelona also remain committed to the league.
Zidane Won’t Defend Perez over Super League
Now, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to publicly defend his club president, saying that there’s no need for it.
To the contrary, Zidane firmly claims that the Real president knows exactly the support he has from his club manager.
“The president knows what I have in my heart and what I think, and we are here to prepare [for] tomorrow’s match,” said Zidane.
“The rest is not that we are not interested, it’s just not the moment to talk about it. We are going to play a Champions League semi-final, and that’s all we can think about,” he added.
He does not seem to acknowledge the irony of prioritizing Champions League, which Super League would have broken away from. It would have perhaps usurped the UEFA competition, too, but Zidane avoids comparing the two leagues.
Asked if Real face any embarrassment over the lingering situation, Zidane replied: “We have a match tomorrow, I’m sorry but I’m not going to answer about that.”
He reacted strongly to suggestions of Real Madrid being kicked out of Champions League previously too.
“Right now, people are talking a lot about whether we will be in the competition next year or not. We have to pay attention to tomorrow’s match,” he said, to underline his focus is only on the present.
However, even Zidane couldn’t resist sharing his perspective.
He definitely said: “We don’t control that, there’s going to be a lot of conversation, and I’m just giving my opinion. We want to see Real Madrid in the next Champions League, and that’s it.”