Thomas Tuchel has joined in the conversation regarding the newly proposed UEFA Champions League format. The new format will see a considerable increase in the number of games being played mid-week for all participating clubs.
UEFA have announced that it will expand the tournament to 36 teams from the original 32. The alterations to the competition will see teams play at least 10 games in the first stage – which is up from six in the present format and something that has irritated the Chelsea head coach.
“Did they ask any coach about it ? I don’t think so,” claimed Tuchel
Recently Ilkay Gundogan called out the UEFA Champions league format after the teams withdrew from the European Super League. Now Tuchel has joined on the bandwagon and criticised the format which proposes a increase in the revenue for clubs.
“I am not sure if I like it because I can only see many more games in the schedule that we have. It is very hard for me to get excited about it,” Tuchel said ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
“With these discussions about the Super League, we forget that we now have a new format in the Champions League. Did they ask any coach about it? I don’t think so. Did they ask any players about it? I don’t think so.
“We have a Nations League, a new championship for the clubs, so much more stuff and so many more games, European Championships in the summer, it is just more and more games. Who should play these games?
Tuchel was also unhappy with the number of substitutions allowed in the Premier League. All the other leagues around the world allow 5 subs in wake of the tight schedule for players, but the proposal has failed in England.
“At the same time, we have only three substitutes per game here in the Premier League. No, I am not happy about this format.”