NEWS
Tuesday April 20 2021
Super League: the differences between Serie A and the Premier League

Andrea Pirlo and Stefano Pioli didn't speak out against the Super League, mirroring many Serie A fans, while things have been very different in England.

The Juventus and Milan coaches met the media ahead of Wednesday’s Serie A clashes.

Juventus will host Parma, while Milan face Sassuolo at the San Siro.

Pirlo revealed Andrea Agnelli spoke to the team about the Super League "without going into details" and insisted both he and his players "are only focused on tomorrow's game and gaining a Champions League spot."

Pioli didn't even mention the Champions League and said this is not the right time to talk about the Super League.

One of the Serie A coaches to express his disapproval of the new competition with Sassuolo's Roberto De Zerbi, who was particularly harsh, claiming he would prefer not to play against Milan on Wednesday.

Antonio Conte didn't hold a press conference ahead of Inter's away game against Spezia.

It appears Juventus and Milan agreed with their coaches not to take any position regarding the matter – that is perhaps most understandable from the Juve side, given the involvement of President Andrea Agnelli in the project.

It’s also may be no coincidence that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to comment on the Super League on Tuesday, unlike some of his Premier League counterparts. Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola took a position against the Super League over the last 24 hours.

"Sport is not a sport when success is guaranteed and when the relationship between the effort and reward don't exist. It's not a sport when it doesn't matter if you lose. It's not fair if teams fight at the top and cannot qualify," the Manchester City boss said.

"I have no issues with the Champions League. I like the competitive aspect of football. I like the fact that West Ham can play in the Champions League next year, I don't want them to, because we want to qualify, but I like that they have the chance," Klopp argued.

"My feelings about a Super League haven't changed. I heard about it for the first time yesterday. We've got some information, not a lot, to be honest. It's a tough one. People are not happy, I can understand that, but I cannot say a lot more because we were not involved in any processes: not the players. We will have to wait and see how it develops."

Back in 2019, the German tactician had claimed the Super League "will not happen."

The lack of reactions from the three Italian clubs involved in the Super League has mirrored that of their fans. Neither Juventus, Inter nor Milan fans were as loud in their protests as some English fans have been.

Chelsea supporters, meanwhile, seem to have played a key role in convincing the board to withdraw from the Super League.