With much of the furore generated in the last week against the Super League, the focus was completely shifted from the newly released Champions League format. The new Champions League will see an increased number of teams as UEFA looks to increase revenues for the clubs.
Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan has criticized UEFA’s new Champions League format, which is set to be effective from 2024. Gundogan harped on an important question regarding the workload of footballers and how it has increased over the last couple of years.
UEFA have announced a change in the Champions League format from 2024
UEFA snuck in their announcement of a fresh Champions League structure amid the chaos, which Gundogan believes has the potential to be almost as detrimental to players as the controversial breakaway plans.
UEFA recently announced plans to expand Europe’s premier competition to include 36 sides, with the group stage subsequently lengthened to ten games instead of six. The new format guarantees that there will be more games and that is something that Ilkay Gundogan is not happy with at all.
The Manchester City midfielder wrote on Twitter: “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…”
Gundogan added: “The UCL format right now works great and that is why it’s the most popular club competition in the world – for us players and for the fans.”