Carlo Ancelotti insists ‘football must change quickly’ as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez still pushes for European Super League despite the backlash and collapse of the doomed project
- Real Madrid was one of the clubs pushing for a European Super League
- President Florentino Perez says football needs to change a lot
- Manager Carlo Ancelotti agrees that the game must implement that change ‘quickly’
Carlo Ancelotti has thrown his weight behind the need for major changes in football, despite the fierce backlash and collapse of European Super League proposals.
Real Madrid was one of the clubs driving the proposals to set up a closed shop with the biggest teams involved in Europe, with President Florentino Perez insisting that a major overhaul is needed on the way the game is set up.
Even in the face of considerable opposition, Ancelotti has drawn the party line and agreed with his boss.
Carlo Ancelotti believes football must change despite the European Super League setback
Real was one of the clubs pushing for the ESL before it got a savage backlash
He told Il Corriere dello Sport: “Football has to change quickly. First of all, we need fewer games, the quality has deteriorated, players are exhausted. Someone refuses to play with their national teams.
“There are too many injuries and games that end 10-0, it’s time to stop.
“We need two windows for national teams, I talked about it with Arsene Wenger a while ago.
“I’m sure players would be open to cutting their paychecks with fewer games and coaches would do the same. We can’t work and leave traces.’
Florentino Perez says the European Super League would benefit football
Real Madrid is struggling financially and has been hit hard by the pandemic, hence the continued push for change in the fabric of European football.
As it stands, Ancelotti has helped Real rise to the top of LaLiga and the club has also qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The Italian is enjoying a second stint, adding: “The call from Real Madrid was a great surprise.
“If it were up to me I would stay forever, there is no better place for football than Real Madrid.
“Everything stays the same here, except the coaches. Journalists, physios, warehouse workers are always the same, and so is the club’s vision. In a year, at the end of December 2022, we will have a new stadium and Florentino has serious intentions for July.”
Real are through to the knockouts in the Champions League and the top of LaLiga