Zinedine Zidane and Raphael Varane have moved to play down a conspiracy theory that their Real Madrid side could fall victim to biased refereeing in their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.
Madrid host the Blues tonight just a week after the failed attempt to breakaway and form the European Super League.
Chelsea were one of the first of the founder clubs to begin hinting they would be pulling out of the proposed competition after a widespread condemnation from fans, pundits and players.
Los Blancos meanwhile are still part of the Super League, which was the brainchild of club president Florentino Perez.
That has led to some parts of the Spanish media claiming that UEFA’s match officials will be biased against Madrid in tonight’s first leg.
Despite those theories, Real boss Zidane believes that they have no foundation and was clear his side are focused on defeating Chelsea.
“I don’t believe that,” the Frenchman said when asked at his pre-match press conference if UEFA might try to influence the referees.
“The referee will do his job, as always, and we just think about playing football, nothing else.
“We cannot start thinking that we will be negatively affected by all that is going on, all we cannot control.”
Varane, who missed both legs of the quarter-final win over Liverpool, joined his manager in playing down the theories, though did suggest changes should be made to the Champions League.
“We are focused on what we can control, the effort we will have to make and finding the best way to win the game,” he said.
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“Other things are outside our control. We are in a period when football has a lot of questions, things that can improve.
“There are things which can be improved, the calendar is something important. The best way to improve things is to talk and for the world of football to be united.”
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