Andrea Agnelli, one of the spearheads of the Super League, conceded to Reuters that the plan could not come to fruition after the withdrawal of the English clubs.
This time, it’s Andrea Agnelli who says it. The president of Juventus of Turin and one of the main instigators of the Super League, who still defended his project tooth and nail on Tuesday night in interviews given to the Italian press before the official withdrawals of the English clubs, conceded that the crazy project of twelve major European clubs could no longer materialize. The withdrawal of the six English clubs (Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal) was fatal.
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Could the Super League project still be done without the six English clubs? To this question, Andrea Agnelli, president of Juve and former president of the European Club Association (ECA), replied to Reuters: “To be frank and honest no, obviously that is not the case.” Yet he remains convinced that his project is what football needs. “I remain convinced of the beauty of this project.”
The Super League tried to hold its line
The Super League and its defenders will have tried to save their baby until the end. On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, while the English clubs slammed the door of this new European competition one by one, the Super League had issued a statement in which it called for “reshaping” the project: “The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo in European football must be changed. We are proposing a new European competition because the current system does not work. “
Tuesday evening, Andrea Agnelli in person left no doubt about the continuation of the project. “There is a blood pact between our clubs. We continue. Can the project still work? Yes, it has a 100% chance of success”, proclaimed the boss of Juve to Repubblica, while the first doubts about the motivation of some founding members of the Super League was emerging. He couldn’t hold his line for long.