In the away match between Spain and England, La Liga appears to be in big trouble against the Premier League.
For the first time in 24 years, only one Spanish club, Real Madrid, will play the first knockout round of the Champions League, a defeat for La Liga which now appears to be lagging behind, both from a sporting and economic point of view, from its great English rival. .
With two comparisons against British sides, the sixth and final day of the group stage has the pleasure of pitting Spanish football against its current anger and limitations.
If Real Madrid, who receive Celtic Glasgow on Wednesday, are already sure of finishing in one of the top two places in Group F, Sevilla, opposing Manchester City that same evening, have lost all hope of reaching the eighth-final.
Barça will console themselves with direct access to the Europa League, just like Atlético Madrid if Antoine Griezmann and his team-mates win in Porto on Tuesday, or if they exploit a Leverkusen misstep against Bruges.
The last time only one La Liga club had made it to the group stage was in 1998-1999: at the time, when C1 brought together 24 teams, Barça and Athletic Bilbao remained on the dock, while Real Madrid were later eliminated. in the quarter-finals of Dynamo kyiv.
“The disaster of the century? “
This season, the record of Spanish clubs has not gone unnoticed.
“The disaster of the century for Spanish football?“, The general newspaper El Mundo also asked.
“Coincidence or serious problem? In recent years, Spanish football has been swimming in doubt. Sports doubt and economic doubt. Are your clubs lower tier than they were ten years ago? Is the monetary dominance of the Premier League momentary or will it last for a long time? Part of the answer, we got it on Wednesday night“After the matches of the 5th day, El Mundo noted.
This valuation will have economic consequences – with an expansion of the takings among Spanish clubs of up to 11 million euros for Real Madrid under the “market pool»UEFA -, but also sporting: in the UEFA index, the gap between Spain, 2nd, and Germany, 3rd is narrowing.
“If this happens for five years in a row …“, Last week sighed Javier Tebas, the sulphurous boss of La Liga, without being able to finish his sentence. “There is no need to be alarmed. It is a disappointment, not a disaster“, He relativized.
FC Barcelona manager Xavi agrees:Each group is different, each elimination must be analyzed separately. Juve are also out … So no, I don’t think there are any problems with Spanish football“, He insisted.
“It cannot be said that the level of La Liga has dropped. I still think La Liga is at the Premier League level“Added the Catalan coach.
“We missed something”
His former international team mate, Xabi Alonso, now at the helm of Bayer Leverkusen, is more cautious.
“The prestige of Spanish football in Europe is enormous, but growth is very rapid in other countries. Not only in the Premier League, but also in France, Italy, Germany (…) The fact that only one in four clubs reach the round of 16 shows that the competition is very strong and that we have missed something“, Indicated the Basque coach.
For the Spanish leaders, everything is in charge, the English Premier League which has placed the clubs in the final in four of the last five editions of C1. Two of his four finals were even 100% British, the other two were lost by the British against … Real.
“We have to correct what is happening in the Premier League, because the market is becoming a bubble and becoming unsustainable. There is no more economic control. This is a topic that we will put on the UEFA table“Tebas had warned in September.
But the Spanish league must consider a threat that goes beyond England alone: the German Bundesliga could therefore have four teams in the round of 16 this season, the Italian Serie A and the Portuguese Primeira Liga three each. They are two more than … La Liga.