Ilkay Gundogan is happy that the proposed European Super League is (presumably) not formed, but the Manchester City midfielder is also very concerned about the new UEFA Champions League format, which will instead be in place for the season. 2024-25.
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Gundogan taken to twitter Thursday – shortly after UEFA approved the new Champions League format, shortly after a dozen of Europe’s biggest clubs abandoned plans to go their separate ways and form their own semi continental competition. -closed – and called the new team of 36 so- called the Swiss model “just the lesser of two evils”.
“With everything that is happening in the Super League,” he continued. “Can we also talk about the new format of the Champions League? More and more games. Nobody thinks of us players? The new Champions League format is just the lesser of two evils compared to the Super League ”
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Not only did Gundogan criticize the new format, but he came up with a solution that he said would satisfy everyone without a financial incentive to extend the Champions League: Leave it as it is.
The UCL format currently works very well and that is why it is the most popular club competition in the world – for us players and for the fans.
– Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) April 22, 2021
Unfortunately for players – and fans – the new Champions League format has already been approved and is unlikely to change until fall 2024, when it goes into effect.
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Of course, the new Champions League format will not add as much matches on the schedule as the Super League would have done, and this keeps entry into the competition viable for clubs on the continent, but the number of midweek matches that players will be forced to play is greater where it is. is currently found, and this is beneficial only to the ultra-wealthy homeowners to whom the majority of football’s money is already flowing.