Against the background of the noise caused by the derailed Super League, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is trying to keep his team on the road for two big titles.
One of them is the Champions League, where Madrid host Chelsea in the first match of the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Among the possible penalties for clubs such as Madrid, which have yet to reject the plan for the Super League, UEFA President Alexander Cheferin warned of a potential future ban on UEFA European competitions.
Since then, eight of the 12 clubs in the Super League have officially abandoned the controversial project, but Madrid President Florentino Perez has insisted that the Super League is on standby, despite a lack of wider support.
Madrid is fighting for the Spanish league title and can still add at least this campaign to its 13 European Cups.
And for Zidane, talk of bans in the Champions League is dismissed as an “absurd topic.”
“I can only say that we will prepare for the semi-finals of the Champions League,” he said.
Before hosting Chelsea, Madrid had a match in the close race for the Spanish title.
Second Madrid hosts improved Real Betis on Saturday with Atletico Madrid with three points at the top and six rounds on the left.
Barcelona are just two points behind Madrid in third place, and Lionel Messi’s team has one more game than their two title rivals.
Atletico host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday when Barcelona are at Villarreal.
The match against Betis will be the second that Madrid played after the storm caused by the announcement of the Super League last weekend.
Zidane said he was not worried about the T-shirts condemning the Super League, which Cadiz players wore before their match on Wednesday. Madrid won 3-0.
“Everyone is free to say what they want,” Zidane said.
Against Betis Zidane will be without central defender Sergio Ramos, winger Ferland Mendy and midfielder Tony Kroos due to injury. However, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard returned to the squad after recovering from injury.
Coached by former Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini, Betis has climbed to sixth place with just one loss in the last 10 games.
Betis will be without striker Nabil Fekir, who endures one match, and winger Christian Telo, out with a hammer.
Pellegrini does not expect Madrid to be affected by all the distractions off the field.
“The question of the Super League has absolutely nothing to do with tomorrow’s match, which is in the Spanish league. The question of the Super League is over,” Pellegrini said.
“They are fighting Atletico for the Spanish league lead and will play Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday, but I don’t think it will be a distraction for them when it comes to winning three points on Saturday.”