Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, says Spain is “getting used to caviar” as its clubs look forward to the possibility of two all-Spanish finals in this season’s European competitions.
Atletico Madrid overcame Bayern Munich on Tuesday night to reach the Champions League final, where they could meet fellow Spanish outfit, Real Madrid, in a repeat of the 2013-14 final. Zinedine Zidane’s side face Manchester City in the semi-final second leg tonight after drawing last week’s first leg 0-0.
Meanwhile, Villarreal and Sevilla are due to contest Europa League semi-finals on Thursday. Villarreal travel to Liverpool defending a 1-0 first leg lead, while holders Sevilla meet Shakhtar Donetsk, a week after the sides drew 2-2 in Ukraine.
“If [Real] Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal all progress, no-one can doubt that we have the best League,” Tebas said .
“We’re getting used to caviar, although we’ll have to settle for something less another year.
“Despite being a madridista, I’m very proud of what [Diego] Simeone has achieved.
“Atletico work exceptionally well and are also [exceptional] in an economic sense. Hopefully we’ll have another Spanish final.”
Miguel Cardenal, President of Spain’s Higher Sports Council, added: “I was thrilled. I have a lot of affection for Atletico.
“We’ve seen them grow from the Sports Council. We followed the match after the tennis [referring to Rafael Nadal’s match at the Madrid Masters], and it was extraordinary.
“We used up a lot of nerves. Now we wish the same luck to Real Madrid.”