The potential Champions League rule change that could affect Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been Champions League regulars for the last few years, but they sent a huge message to their European rivals last season by reaching the final.

Spurs have been progressing each year under Mauricio Pochettino, and a Champions League trophy would have topped things off sensationally, but Spurs fell one match short.

The Lilywhites also only made it into next season’s competition by the skin of their teeth, securing a fourth-place finish above Arsenal and Man United.

However, this top four placement came largely due to the failings of their rivals, rather than the performances of Tottenham themselves.

A new rule proposal made to UEFA recently may see the competition expanded to either 40 or 48 teams in a few years time, as submitted by a group of clubs (Times).

If an expansion to 40 teams were to happen, there would be eight groups of five team, with the top two still progressing to the knockouts. A 48-team tournament would see eight groups of six.

This rule change would make it easier for smaller clubs to qualify for the competition, with the Champions from countries such as the Netherlands and Greece going straight into the group stage.

If accepted, these changes would occur in 2024.

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  1. Doesn’t really change much for spurs or any of the bigger clubs just more subpar competition and a watered down group stage which isn’t good for the fans and extra games which isn’t great for the players considering how long the season is already.


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