Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has slammed the doomed European Super League, questioning whether a club like Leicester City could ever dream of glory under those ghastly proposals, in quotes reported by Football Italia.
In May 2016, Claudio Ranieri’s merry band of brothers sealed their place in English football folklore.
An unfancied Leicester City side – 5000-to-one outsiders don’t forget – cruised to the Premier League title, finishing ten points clear of second-placed Arsenal as the whole footballing family lined the streets to applaud what felt like a real-life Disney tale, a fantasy story sprinkling fairy-dust on this most cynical of games.
If the so-called ‘Big Six’ had got their way, the chances of a club like Leicester repeating that historic trophy charge would go from ‘improbable’ to, well, almost ‘impossible’.
“It’s a bad thing for me, football is the most followed and loved sport in the world, because sometimes the underdogs can beat the biggest clubs,” said Mihajlovic, the former Inter, Roma and Lazio star now coaching mid-ranking Serie A outift Bologna.
“The rich become richer and the poor even poorer. That’s not the spirit of sport. I don’t like it. It’s about money, and it takes away football’s ability to compete.
“These clubs like to win easy and I would have the same idea even if I was the coach of Juventus, Inter or Milan.
“What do we do? Bologna maybe get 30m euros (a year) and they get 300m euros. The gap becomes bigger. Can Leicester ever win a title like this?”
One of the biggest ironies to come out of this whole sorry saga concerns Leicester’s absence from the ironically-named ‘Big Six’.
The Foxes, after all, have won a Premier League title in the last seven years – that is more than can be said for Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United – and look set to finish above Liverpool and Chelsea this season too.