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Barça can play the new Champions League since 2024

Published:10/09/2019 - 20:14h

Updated:10/09/2019 - 20:14h

The president of the ECA (Association of European Clubs), Andrea Agnelli, has revealed that since 2024 could begin to contest the new Champions League, that would involve important changes

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After having been reelected at most mandator of the ECA until 2023, the also visible head of the Juventus, Andrea Agnelli, has ensured that the agreement with the UEFA for the new Champions League will arrive in 2022, and that from 2024 already will be playing the competition with the new format. In words of the own Agnelli, the members of the ECA carried out this Tuesday "a positive and productive meeting, all will treat to work by the interests of the future competitions, does not exist a part or another, but only the part of the football".

And it leaves clear that "in the name of the unit, beside the president of the UEFA, Ceferin, is an open and transparent process", that will finish in shape of agreement in the next years. "2022 it is an unavoidable date because it will go back to argue the new international calendar", ensures Agnelli, the one who fears "bad interpretations, from the first day wrote in the communiqué that the solution is a balance between Glasses and national tournaments".

The new Champions League will comprise "more parties, accesses more correct (the Ajax, semifinalist in the past edition, has played previous in the current), the presence of more small clubs...". The definite agreement for the reform would have to produce in 2022, but for now treats so only of a forecast and it will be necessary to see how advance the negotiations between both parts along the next months, always in communion with the clubs.

"2022 it is an unavoidable date because it will go back to argue the new international calendar"

The novelties that could have the new League of Champions are many and very radical, beginning because from this moment would leave to have eight groups of four teams that form the liguilla, doing the change to the reverse: the idea is that there is alone four groups with eight teams by group.

This would suppose that each one of the clubs participants arrived, like minimum, to the 14 meetings contested in Champions League by season. The maximum would be 21 total meetings for the two teams that arrived to the big final. In other words they would have a lot of more duels, since in a normal course, like the past, Liverpool and Tottenham contested a total of 13 parties including the final.

The UEFA pretends besides that the Glass of Europe was a challenge and at the same time a prize for the one who play it. Therefore, it will be a tournament with promotions and descents between this League of Champions, the Europe League and a third competition that the UEFA already gave by good, and of the which will know more details over time. The Champions League will have 32 teams, the same that the Europe League, whereas this another new competition would have a total of 64.

A very distinct mechanics to the one of the current Champions

Each campaign, of these 32 groups of Champions League, would descend to the Europe League the eight worse. L'Équipe affirms that the five first of each group would save automatically, whereas the sixth and seventh would play in a repechage the others four squares that allow them remain in this First Division. The new teams of Champions would be the four semifinalists of the Europe League and other four winners of other eliminatory between champions of other federations.

A global of changes that will alter of brutal way the conception that have at present of the Champions League, and that will serve to turn into it a more regular and thrilling tournament. The champion will be juster, since the factor 'luck' will have a lower effect.

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