Barcelona president Joan Laporta has once again insisted that the Super League would improve world football, stressing that it would not simply be repetitive clashes between big teams.
The Blaugrana are just one of three founding sides who continue to fight for the introduction of the Super League, alongside Real Madrid and Juventus, despite significant resistance from almost everybody else in football, including both UEFA and FIFA.
Laporta’s latest defence of the concept came during a press conference for Sonora, during which he attempted to explain his vision for the competition and how he planned to work alongside the existing football structures.
“An improved Champions League, he revealed as his vision for the Super League. “With a very good competition format, it will surely be the most attractive competition in the world.
“But at the same time you have to be skilful to maintain the state leagues, this is essential.
“I believe in the leagues of each country and for me it would be a mistake for the Super League to replace the leagues.”
When pressed on preserving the existing leagues, Laporta insisted some of the best moments in recent history have been underdog stories and he has no desire to see heavyweight-vs-heavyweight battles every week.
“I think that always playing between the big clubs would get tiring,” the Barcelona president said. “It would end up getting tiring. Those of us who like football would end up getting tired.
“It’s nice and healthy that a smaller team beats the big one. Supporting the weaker sides is very nice. You see the European Championships that were won by Greece, it was very nice. And when Leicester won in England, it was special. This is football.”
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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