Zidane responds to comments on Real Madrid being kicked out of Champions League

Zinedine Zidane has hit out at "illogical and absurd" claims that Real Madrid could be thrown out of the Champions League.

Los Blancos' position in the competition has been thrown into doubt due to their prominent role in establishing the European Super League (ESL) last Sunday.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was named the chairman of the ESL, which aimed to split from UEFA's club competitions.

But the ill-fated breakaway league came crashing down on Tuesday, with all six 'Founding Clubs' from the Premier Leagueconfirming their withdrawals.

While Chelsea and Manchester City were handed reprieves by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, Real Madrid are one of three clubs yet to officially withdraw from the ESL.

As such, they may still face sanctions from European football's governing body. One UEFA committee member even predicted earlier this week that the clubs responsible for setting up the ESL could be kicked out of this season's Champions League.

This means Real Madrid's semi-final with Chelsea is at risk ahead of Tuesday's first leg – but manager Zidane is sure the tie will go ahead as planned.

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"I'm not worried," said the Frenchman. "A lot has been said about this and we're going to play our semi-final because we have the right to.

"It's a ridiculous matter, I'm not going to go into that now. I can tell you that we're going to prepare to play the Champions League semi-final".

Ahead of the visit of Chelsea, Real Madrid host Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday night.

Los Blancos sit just three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and Zidane is relishing this season's hard-fought title race.

"The league is always difficult," he added. "I’ve always said La Liga is very competitive, there are 38 games and it's not easy.

"It hasn't changed, it's been one of the best leagues in my opinion for a long time. We're going to try to win it anyway."

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