The sporting news has been marked by one of the strangest events in the history of UEFA, since an error forced to repeat the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League, distributing very uneven luck among the Spanish teams.
The draw for controversy
The morning had an unexpected controversy: a failure in the round of 16 draw led to its repetition to the chagrin of Real Madrid.
Antoni Daimiel: “I think that an office worker with a blog would do better. The explanation given by UEFA about a problem with the software, when there was a person choosing balls …”.
Axel Torres: “I do not share your opinion: the worst decision has not been to make a mistake, that can happen. For me it is to repeat the whole draw. In the first round there was no mistake. In this way you avoided collateral damage.”
“UEFA is not interested in giving the image of harming Real Madrid. There will be people who think that this gives arguments to create the Super League. If the draw had been resumed, no one could have complained.”
Miguel Martín Talavera: “All the clubs have understood that it had to be repeated. For me, the team of the thirteen European Cups cannot react as it has reacted. I think that the public exit of Butragueño is not at the level of Real Madrid, the outbursts, take advantage of the war with UEFA and Ceferín to take the middle street. I didn’t like it. Real Madrid, as surely the biggest club in the world, should have been up to the task. I think a club as great as Real Madrid should not have given the afternoon it has given. “
Antonio Romero: “I believe that Madrid is in their right and obligation: they have had to see clearly that they had few options to win. It seems to me that there is no one who thought that they did not have the right to rebound”
Gallego: “They tell me that when Madrid knows that it is going to be repeated, they send a letter saying that it does not seem fair because they were not affected. UEFA has not even responded to that letter.”
The tie PSG – Real Madrid
Real Madrid was initially matched against Benfica, but after the mistake it was PSG, one of the coconuts of the draw.
Axel Torres: “Benzema and Vinicius are better than Messi and Neymar. Mbappé is better than both. But individually, if it were played tomorrow I would bet on Real Madrid. The centrals have a lot of confidence, the midfield is always the same. Real Madrid transmit better feelings “.
Villarreal – Juventus
Villarreal has been favored by the repetition of the draw after its pairing with City, being framed with a Juventus that, although it is fearsome, is more affordable.
Antoni Daimiel: “Villarreal have shown a lot of character in Europe. I think that against Juve it will be a very tactical tie.”
The crossing of the Barça in Europa League
Bad fortune continues for the Camp Nou team: in their Europa League draw, Napoli, the most dangerous rival of all possible, has fallen to him.
Axel Torres: “The worst rival has touched Barça. Napoli started very strong and in the last few days it has been difficult for them to win. I think that Barcelona, when they recover Pedri and Ansu Fati, will win many games. They are a definitive player that is going to make a lot of difference. “
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.