Effects of the new Champions League format: Smaller leagues, fewer cups, more injuries? | ESPN FC
While protests roared on about the formation of a Super League that crumbled just about overnight, a new format for the UEFA Champions League was agreed upon by clubs across Europe. What will this mean for football, especially for the players and coaches? ESPN FC's Julien Laurens, Craig Burley and Archie Rhind-Tutt examine the potential consequences.
0:00 Laurens discusses the possibility of amending the format before it is implemented in 2024. He also floats the idea of competitions like the Premier League and La Liga reducing their ranks to 18 teams from 20, like the Bundesliga, to avoid worse fixture congestion.
1:49 Burley says managers will start to field even weaker sides in smaller competitions like the Carabao Cup.
2:33 Rhind-Tutt raises concerns about injuries to players, pointing out the difficulty Bayern Munich players have had this season and recent comments from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.