Tuesday, 27 April 2021

I am not sure if I am happy with the Champions League new format - Thomas Tuchel

I am not sure if I am happy with the Champions League new format - Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed his disapproval of the new Champion League format which will see teams play more games.

The new format was introduced last week. 34 teams will now play in the Champions League starting from 2024. A new system called the Swiss system was also introduced and teams will now have to play 10 games, four more than the actual six they use to play during the group stage.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League later today, Tuchel revealed the new format doesn't sit well with him and that managers were not contacted but the decision was made.

“I’m not sure if I like it because I can only see more games at the start of it, more games in a schedule that we have,” Tuchel said.

“It’s very hard for me to be excited at all. All these discussions about Super League made us forget that we have a new format of Champions League very soon.

“Did they ask any coach about this? I don’t think so. They didn’t ask me. Did they ask any player about it? I don’t think so.

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“We have so many new formats with the Nations League, the world championship for clubs coming soon. There’s so much new stuff, so many more games, and more teams in the European Championship in the summer. More, more, more games.

“Not more quality, just more games. They push you to play more games and at the same time, we have three substitutes in the Premier League and domestic competitions. I’m not happy about these competitions, not at all. But I was not involved.”

Chelsea will take on Real Madrid in the first-leg of their semi-final clash at the  Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano later this evening and the Premier League side will hope to take a first-leg advantage back to England in other to book their spot in the Final which will be against the winner of the game between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

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