According to a report by the Daily Mail, all of the Premier League’s big six clubs including Tottenham Hotspur are backing proposed plans to expand the Champions League.
The proposed plans by the European Club Association involves increasing the number of teams to 32, which would result in four extra matches in the group stage.
The additional fixtures could have a massive impact on the English football calendar with FA Cup replays and two-legged semi-finals in the League Cup potentially being scrapped.
The report even claims that the number of teams in the Premier League could be reduced from twenty if the changes to the Champions League get approved.
While the Premier League insist that their clubs remain united in their efforts to preserve the primacy of domestic football, there is said to be growing fear that Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are ready to accept the new proposals.
While all twenty Premier League clubs are said to have rejected proposals from European Club Association a few months ago to increase the Champions League group stages to fourteen games, it is claimed that the big six clubs view adding four more games to the current calendar to make it ten group games in total to be a reasonable compromise.
Spurs Web Opinion
I can understand why Tottenham and the other big clubs would be attracted by the prospect of more Champions League games given how much of a cash cow the tournament is for these clubs. However, I believe playing so many European games would diminish the value and sanctity of the tournament.
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