Rudi Garcia blasted the Super League project. The OL coach, at a press conference before his Coupe de France quarter-final against Monaco, felt that such a competition would be devoid of “sporting and emotional interest”.
“I do not really see where is the sporting and emotional interest of the thing. On the other hand, I see the economic interest well”. At a press conference on the eve of the quarter-final of the Coupe de France of Olympique Lyonnais against AS Monaco, Rudi Garcia publicly sided with the critics of the Super League. “The term project is capital. Who says project, says that it may possibly not be done. And I hope that it will not be done,” he said on Tuesday.
“It is very unpopular, and rightly so. It is the death of the emotion of football, also declared Rudi Garcia. However, if we play this game since childhood, it is to have emotions, to play big games. With this formula, there would be some big games every year with the same ones. It would lose its charm “.
“I look for the French flag, but I haven’t seen it”
Rudi Garcia also stressed the absence of French clubs among the twelve founders of the Super League. The opportunity for him to draw a parallel with what he considers to be a lack of consideration of French football in relation to European neighbors.
“What I see is that we are already in France the poor relatives of the Champions League on the major European championships, he said. We are world champions, but we only have two teams qualified directly, while four nations have four directly. On the Super League project, I look for the French flag, I haven’t seen it. So I have the impression that we are staying all the poor parents time for everything that is planned. That would have to change “.
Before Rudi Garcia, Jean-Michel Aulas had already reacted on Monday. The president of OL deplored “the virtues of money against the spirit of fair play” of this Super League. “We must build bridges, not walls. Build (…) the future of football where sporting meritocracy and emotion are not forgotten,” he concluded.