Football.London have revealed that UEFA are expected to vote in favour of the ‘Swiss model’ Champions League reforms and that the new format might make it easier for Tottenham Hotspur to qualify.
The format, which was approved by the European Club Association (ECA) at the start of March, would see the number of teams in the Champions League increased from 32 to 36.
Each club would play ten matches instead of the six they now play in the group stages, with the matches taking place in a swiss system round robin format.
Football.London now reveal that the new format could be adopted from 2024, if given the green light.
They also claim that, if pushed through, the new format would see two of the four extra places in the Champions League awarded to teams based on historical co-efficient rankings rather than performance in the most recent domestic season.
This means that we could potentially see six teams from the Premier League making it into the Champions League.
The move could be a major blow to teams like West Ham, who do not have much of a history in European competitions, while being boost to the likes of Spurs due to their high UEFA coefficient ranking.
Spurs Web Opinion
The reason why Champions League games are special is that we do not get to face the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich every season. Changing the competition into a round-robin format would negate that.
Although the new format would give Tottenham a much better chance of qualifying over the likes of Leicester and West Ham, I am not in support of the changes as it would essentially make the Champions League into a closed group.
One of my best memories of watching Spurs was our first foray into the Champions League in 2010/11 where we played against the likes of AC Milan, Inter and Real Madrid. These changes would deny fans of clubs like West Ham and Everton the opportunity to experience the same.
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