Joan Laporta’s comments in today’s press conference have stirred up old tensions between Barcelona and Real Madrid. He accused Los Blancos of having close ties to those in power and receiving favourable treatment from referees.
Laporta also criticized Real Madrid’s decision to act as accused in the Negreira trials, which could further damage the already strained relationship between the two clubs.
A report from MARCA suggests that Real Madrid is preparing to retaliate against Laporta’s comments. Some in the club’s hierarchy see the comments of the Barcelona president as defamation.
It’s ironic, considering Laporta used similar rhetoric when discussing the Negreira allegations, even confirming that the club have filed 20 lawsuits for defamation.
The report points out that Real Madrid may publicly contest Laporta’s comments and take legal action, most likely in the form of a defamation suit.
While Laporta did avoid mentioning Real Madrid president Florentino Perez by name, the once-cordial relationship between the two clubs could be headed for a breakdown, much like what happened between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid last summer.
The Merengues had poached one of Atleti’s top talent, while their cross-town rivals backed out of the Super League project. It led to the two clubs’ relationship hitting a rock bottom and it appears the same situation may ensure with Barcelona.
It is a possibility that Real Madrid may look to compete with Barcelona for talents, though they are not expected to go after Gavi, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
One thing is for sure – Real Madrid’s straining relationship with Barcelona is a bad omen for the Super League project, especially with Juventus also struggling. It is hard to imagine how these three clubs would unite most of the European giants and put an end to UEFA’s monopoly.