Football.London have provided a detailed explanation of the new ‘Swiss Model’ that will be implemented in the Champions League starting from the 2024-25 season, with each team playing a minimum of ten games.
While Spurs were widely written off from the race for Champions League qualification at the start of the campaign, five games in, Ange Postecoglou’s men look like they have a good chance of getting back into Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
Tottenham could get Champions League in fifth
A top-five finish could be enough to back into the tournament, with teams from the two top-performing nations set to get one more spot in next year’s competition (ESPN).
If Tottenham do manage to get in, they will play a minimum of 10 matches as opposed to the six that teams do in the group stage at present.
Football.London explain that the new-look 36-team competition (up from the current 32) will see a ‘swiss’ format, with each team playing five home matches and five away games.
All teams are ranked in a league table, with the top eight going straight into the quarterfinal stage of the competition while teams who finish from ninth to 24th would be competing in a two-legged playoff.
The bottom 12 teams will exit the tournament instead of entering the Europa League. As the tournament progresses, the last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will remain in the the same format as previous editions of the competition.
Spurs Web Opinion
The extra matches will mean that squads will be stretched quite a lot during the first half of next season, thus making it crucial that teams have sufficient bench strength to call upon.
The extra matches will be music for the ears of Daniel Levy as apart from the increased participation fee, Spurs would also be able to earn more in matchday revenue.
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