September 15, (THEWILL) – The President of the top flight of football in Spain, Javier Tebas, spoke at a La Liga event with Burger King and laid bare some of his thoughts in answers to questions that were raised at the event. Of particular interest was his praise of La Liga giants Real Madrid and censure of their Ligue 1 counterparts Paris Saint-Germain.
Tebas, who was seen as hard-nosed for not bending the rules to allow Catalan club Barcelona re-sign one of La Liga’s best ever players, Lionel Messi, reserved special praise for the way Real have made tough cost-cutting decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic to remain profitable and financially secure.
The La Liga President contrasted this by highlighting the overzealous spending spree that is happening at the Ligue 1 side PSG. In making this contrast, Tebas remarked that while Real Madrid are in a good financial state due to the decisions they have made, they will still never be able to compete with the likes of PSG when it comes to spending.
The 59-year-old said:.”I have said that Spanish football is not broke. Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona. There are at least 80 percent of clubs in Europe that have it much worse.
“As for Real Madrid, I think they have been the club that have managed the pandemic best, with an enormous effort [when it comes to reducing] their wage bill.
“Real Madrid have the ability to do whatever they want [as a result of these cuts]. They can never be PSG because PSG cheated. They have a wage bill of close to 600 million euros, which is impossible. [Real Madrid] are also not a state club, so it’s not possible.”
Tebas also discussed the chances of La Liga teams in the season’s UEFA Champions League competition after the matchday one fixtures saw Barcelona humbled again by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 3-0 while Sevilla escaped with a comeback 1-1 draw against Salzburg.
The La Liga boss was unperturbed about their fortunes after just one game, expressing confidence in the ability of the league’s teams to go the length: “There is still a long way to go in the Champions League. Last year it was the same and then everyone went through.
“The level of La Liga does not depend on a few Champions League matches. When the Premier League grew the most was in a phase of six years without winning the top competition.”
On a lighter note, Tebas admitted to having favourites when a question of which players he considered his favourite in the league came up. Tebas revealed that about three names came to his mind – one from Barcelona, one from Real Madrid and one from Atletico Madrid.
He said: “I would say Vinicius, who is going to explode, and now that he has found his goalscoring boots even more so. His celebration [against Celta Vigo] didn’t seem right to me, but okay.
“Ansu Fati, and then [Marcos] Llorente of Atletico Madrid. I think with Ansu Fati and Vinicius, we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
The celebration of Vinicius to which Tebas referenced referred to the incident where the Brazilian ran into the stands to celebrate his goal with the team’s supporters. The goal gave Real the lead against a stubborn Celta Vigo side and Vinicius was yellow-carded by referee Jose Sanchez. He escaped further sanctions for the action, as THEWILL reported.