“I don’t like it” – Thomas Tuchel slams UEFA for Champions League decision

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has slammed UEFA’s plans for an extended Champions League.

UEFA announced a new format for the Champions League to begin from the 2024/25 campaign that will see the number of participants rise from 32 to 36 teams.

Instead of having a group stage, all teams will be in a league stage with each team playing 10 games.

Tuchel said: “I’m not sure if I like it because I can only see more games at the start of it, more games in a schedule that we have, it’s very hard for me to be excited at all.

“All these discussions about a Super League made us forget that we have a new format of Champions League very soon. Did they ask any coach about this? I don’t think so.

“They didn’t ask me. Did they ask any player about it? I don’t think so. We have so many new formats with the Nations League, the world championship for clubs coming soon, there’s so much new stuff, so many more games and more teams in the European Championship in the summer.

“More, more, more games, not more quality, just more games. They push you to play more games and at the same time we have three substitutes in the Premier League and domestic competitions.

“No, I’m not happy about these competitions, not at all. But I was not involved.”

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