The President of UEFA was seduced by the establishment of the Final Four

Is our familiar Champions League alive in the last hours? The format of the competition could change in any case if we believe the words of UEFA President Alexander Ceferin. Interview with Croatian media Sportshe says he was seduced by the project to set up a “final four”, but sees a few black dots: “It’s a good idea, but you lose a few games”notes the Slovenian leader. “You don’t play at home and on the go, and there are fewer games for TV rights holders. It’s too early to share new ideas with the media, but there are plans.”

Last week Times revealed that the club association (ECA) had supported the project. It is recalled that it was set up from the quarterfinals, exclusively in 2020, for COVID. This time, the format of the home and away matches would be abolished from the semi-finals. The four best European teams of the year will then meet in the same city and hold a semi-final in one meeting, and in a few days they will play in the same place. Discussions on the hypothetical introduction of this new format should take place in the coming weeks. Another change in weight in the Champions League has already taken place, as the competition will run with 36 clubs (instead of 32) from the 2024-2025 season.

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