Report: More Champions League matches could be on the horizon

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Dom Le Roy

According to Spanish news outlet AS, UEFA is considering a proposal from the European Club Association to expand the Champions League from the current maximum of 13 to 17 games per season.

Tottenham enjoyed a memorable journey to the final of Europe’s most prestigious club competition last season but if the aforementioned proposals are to be adopted by UEFA, reaching the final could prove to be difficult. 

The report claims that the top European clubs agreed during a meeting in Paris there is room for the competition to be expanded.

It is said that they proposed adding four more Champions League games to the annual calendar in order to maximise the financial potential of the competition.

It is suggested that this idea could be a viable alternative to the more radical changes proposed and could ward off the threat of a breakaway European Super League.

It is revealed that two alternative ideas are being examined – reintroducing a second group stage which was used in the competition from 1999 to 2003 or increasing the number of teams in each group to six, thereby requiring clubs to play ten group games each.

Spurs Web Opinion

As much as I hate to see this happen, it does look like some form of expansion of the Champions League is inevitable given how much of a cash cow the competition is for the top clubs. I worry that this might threaten competitions like the League Cup, which are already losing their relevance due to the amount of football being played.

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