They say every cloud – no matter how dark, stormy and ugly – carries a silver side, and from the perspective of Spanish football, this could be how Seville FC feels now.
It’s hard to avoid watching the Europa League project, introduced haphazardly and indiscriminately to the grumpy and largely lost world of football on Sunday, as the offspring of greed and irresponsibility are complete after drinking so many drinks on a night out.
Given that these dissident critics did not see fit to invite Seville – Guinness World Records, not just for most of the European League / UEFA Cup wins (the most recent one was last summer) but for winning three of them in a row – there could have been furious discontent in the Andalusian capital. Either because of the pervasive greed of all that or the fact of exclusion from this new basin in which Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid passionately hung their nose. Alternatively, they can think with more excitement about their bold, muscular and impressive victory at Real Sociedad, winner of the 2020 King’s Cup.
On Sunday, Sevilla knocked out at the Reali Arena, taking a quick punch in the nose – run by a favorite former player from their ranks, Carlos Fernández, who scored an absolute jewel from a goal just a few months after moving from Seville to Real – Then she reacted with a flurry of Mike Tyson key hooks, punches and hay makers. Their bravery won that afternoon 2-1, and it was possible – even in the first half – to score three or four goals against their Basque opponent.
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What the victory did, in that early afternoon, while the fragrant stench of unrestrained greed did not spread across the plains of European football, it was Sevilla’s strongest credentials for the title since they were La Liga champions in 1946. When the final whistle blew, Goals of Fernando and Youssef Al-Nassiri won Julian Lopegeti’s team in the second most difficult game remaining, and Sevilla was two points behind Barcelona, two points behind Real Madrid and three off the lead, where Atleti sits.
The fact that Real Madrid had leveled, Atleti won, and Barcelona were on mission for the Cup means that by the end of Sunday night in Spain the title race was magnetic, and it is likely to be fantastic. Athlete has 70 points from 31 games. Madrid 67 of 31; Barcelona 65 out of 30; Seville is 64 out of 31. Barcelona and Atleti still have to meet, Madrid and Seville still have to meet, and let’s not even start with the record numbers that separate teams if they finish the season on an equal footing.
But by Monday morning, Seville were the champions.
The bright side of the Premier League storm is that La Liga, led by an angry president with the concept of Javier Tebas, will now examine whether the top three should be punished for their betrayal of the euro by expelling them from domestic competition. The specific wording, prior to Thursday’s La Liga summit meeting in which the Big Three (and Girona owned by City Football Group) were disqualified, was to label the Premier League as a “selfish approach, designed to further enrich the“ richest ”“ people. ”It undermines the appeal of the entire game and has an impact. Very harmful to the immediate future of the Spanish League, the clubs that make it up, and the entire football system. “
None of us knows for sure whether La Liga will or attempt to expel Madrid, Barcelona and Athletes from this season’s competitions, nor whether that will succeed legally. But for the sake of argument, there are two immediate conclusions from the storm of greed that has been whipped since the news broke.
First of all, if we imagined La Liga without these three, then while the appeal of Spanish competition clearly diminished, wouldn’t it be interesting to see which clubs become the great powers? Nature abhors a vacuum, in keeping with the old revolutionary chant, “The king is dead, long live the king,” which seizes the throne with Outdated system Go?
The table today does not seem far from the truth. Regardless of the historical significance of Athletic Bilbao, and even Valencia, Seville was very well run, financially successful, so ferocious in the transfer market, so addicted to trophy-wins that they began a new era where the dominant power seemed taken for granted. It really intrigues me to think about what will happen when Real Betis happens Real Villarreal, like Sevilla and Athletic, believe 100% they can win the champions or achieve the League and Cup Double.
Will this scenario come someday? Pessimists will say no, and smart money accompanies this hard-boiled situation.
Regardless of the anger and the desire for punishment and revenge, history tells us that the most likely outcomes are either the dissident group being recaptured again and reaching a negotiated settlement with UEFA … or the greedy rebels who win at the end of the match and the big football authorities – UEFA FIFA, La Liga, Premier League and Serie A – you are forced to eat a humble pie by letting Super League clubs compete locally, too.
On Thursday, you’ll love being a fly on the wall listening to Seville, Villarreal, Real Betis and Real Sociedad (who would qualify for the Champions League if Atleti, Barcelona and Madrid were excluded) and the arguments they put forward about how. Dealing with naughty boys: rapping on finger knuckles and instructing never to do it again, or getting kicked out right away?
But back to the title race. Maybe the “other” Spanish clubs will take a practical point of view, and they may fear a very near future without the three clubs that have won every league title since 2004 and say to Senor Tebas: “We need to negotiate, not indulge in all offers.” Seville will not be awarded the title just to finish (with) the best of the rest.
However, this flush in the Premier League still left a stench. If none of this had come out, we’d have been a very good sprint on the bar. Even if Seville would not have won the votes of many observers as the winner of the Black Horse, they showed remarkable symmetry, focus and fighting spirit; They don’t have European matches to deal with (like Madrid) nor the kind of injury the two madridistas are suffering from; And the Lopetegui mob could claim to have a head-on advantage over Athlete.
Without this unwise hurricane in the Premier League, there have been no fewer than two days of extremely flashy matches looming on the horizon in Spain when the top four have to be at impact speed.
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First, at the end of this week when Atlétique needs to beat Athletic, when Betis travels to the Madrid team, they are fully capable of winning, when Barcelona practically loses at Villarreal and when Sevilla hosts the Andalusian derby against Granada. Then, May 8 and 9: Barcelona first host Atlético at Camp Nou, then, on Sunday, Madrid at home against Seville.
All in, no reservations forbidden, no one asking or giving. Challenge a suitable title for four teams for the first time in ages. The problem now is that every remaining match carries a new enmity, causes new controversy and will be the source of the stinging accusations.
The winner’s beauty takes it all at the end of the season, as Atleti searches for their third title in almost half a century, Sevilla tries to be champion for the first time since the end of World War II, eggs Trying to be only the third Madrid team to defend their title since 1990, and Barcelona are looking to win the title in one of their most chaotic and divided seasons in living memory? Well, that will inevitably be exposed to a background of threats, PR campaigns, legal procedures, accusations of treachery, and even the possibility that players from Atleti, Barcelona and Madrid will not be allowed to play in the European Championship or Copa America soccer ball. this summer.
Not only did Premier League organizers simply plan a continental competition that doesn’t take into account what players and fans want or not only what players and fans want, they are not only swept away by the scent of millions of investment capital. They, as the elite in the game who allegedly needed a more glamorous table to eat at, set up a full and absolute hog breakfast about when their plans would be announced, and the influence they might have on fellow clubs, soccer fans or the general public an opinion.
If the timing of how this became public and the level of preparation for what might follow are indicative examples of how this group can effectively manage this supposed new pan-European competition, then whoever pumped money into it would look better. Because, at first glance, it’s a shameful combination of shameful greed and sheer ignorance of how to win friends and influence people.