Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has criticised Uefa’s decision to revamp the current Champions League format.
The competition is set to feature 36 teams instead of 32 as well as a new group stage format which will see all clubs play at least 10 games.
However, Guardiola has hit out at changes and taunted Uefa by suggesting that they would need to “extend the year” to 400 days in order to cram in all the new fixtures.
Amid the uproar caused by the European Super League earlier in the week, not many would have noticed that Uefa themselves approved a new 36 team Champions League format on Monday.
The new format will be introduced ahead of the 2024-25 campaign and will run until at least 2033.
The new competition will also feature a rejigged group stage where every team will play a minimum of 10 games against 10 different opponents. By comparison, the current format features six matches against three teams during the group stages.
With all the Super League stuff going on… can we please also speak about the new Champions League format? More and more and more games, is no one thinking about us players?
The new UCL format is just the lesser of the two evils in comparison to the Super League…
— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) April 22, 2021
Guardiola on Champions League changes.
“The show must go on,” Guardiola said sarcastically in a press conference.
“Of course, it will mean more injuries. Every season is the same, the players play as they love to play but the injuries come.
“Every time it’s the same, all of football is asking for better quality and they go for quantity. We are not in charge so we have to ask Uefa and Fifa to extend the year, maybe have 400 days a year and they can find a solution on that.
“Uefa know it but do they care? Absolutely not. More games and competitions. We are lucky to be in the Champions League, we are going to play it but it’s a lot, honestly. We have not had one midweek off.
“It’s crazy. The guys (who are) not in the Champions League or the Europa League, they play a new competition, so let’s go. It’s a lot.
“It’s like an actor being in the theatre three times a day. Once a day they like it, but three times a day is too much.”
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