Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has taken a shot at Uefa over the amount of games European clubs play each season.
Much of the media’s attention has been directed at the proposed European Super League in recent days, which Barcelona signed up for, but plans for the new tournament have already fallen apart.
In the meantime, changes to the Champions League have been announced, stating that each team will play 10 group stage matches instead of the current six. These changes will come into effect for the 2024/25 season.
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Koeman was speaking at a press conference about his concerns over the increased amount of games, and accused Uefa of being just as motivated by money as those behind the Super League
“I agree with [Manchester City coach Pep] Guardiola when it comes to the number of games players have to play in over a season. It’s too many, incredible,” Koeman commented.
“Everyone’s talking about the Super League and the Champions League, but Uefa aren’t paying any attention to the players about the number of games.
“The only thing they care about is money. In La Liga, it’s the same. Look at the scheduling. Tomorrow we play at 10pm. We need to protect the players.”
‘I want the best for this club.’
Barcelona were one of 12 clubs who stated their intention to play in the proposed Super League, but following the withdrawal of the six English clubs, their participation is now in serious doubt.
Koeman refused to be drawn on the subject however, saying that discussion about the Super League was for Barcelona’s president and not him.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 21, 2021
“There’s been a lot of fallout and the best thing is not to say much now, no one knows what will happen. What I want most is what’s best for this club,” Koeman explained.
“I’m not the club’s spokesman. My job is to prep for the game. We need to see how it all pans out. We just want what’s best for the club, but if anyone has to speak about this subject, it’s the president.”
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