10 July 2012
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Real Madrid Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueño represented the club in the 2012/13 La Liga draw and shared his views on it.
"It is a pleasure to be here. It will be a difficult season, but we will try to live up to expectations with the support of our fans.
"We're not here to comment on what Barcelona say, but to do so regarding a decision taken by the President of the Federation to exonerate Jose Mourinho, Marcelo and Ozil for the Super Cup. We respect this decision, as we've always done in the past, in which we all know Barcelona were the protagonists and Real Madrid never complained. It isn't the first time such leniency is shown; the President of the Federation has the power to show it and we respect that."
"Let's see how the Champions League draw turns out; we'll see what we may find in the Last 16 if all of us Spanish teams reach that far. Last season, the Clasico hurt both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the UCL, but I'm sure it will be better this year. I also paid close atttention to those dates when I was a player. It's a bit earlier this year, which is better regarding our objectives in Europe."