It’s UEFA’s turn! Big Six managers lash out at UEFA

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been very critical of the Premier League teams for being a part of the European Super League, and had threatened that there could be certain sanctions for such a move.

The clubs have since admitted their mistakes and have moved on from the ESL.

Meanwhile, it’s now the turn of UEFA to face the wrath of managers over the proposed Champions League format which will kick off in 2024.

The proposed changes include playing more matches and 36 teams instead of 32, and Premier League clubs have lambasted the idea.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola sarcastically said: “The show must go on.

“Of course it will mean more injuries. Every season the same, the players play as they love to play but the injuries come.

“Every time it’s the same, all of football is asking for better quality and they go for quantity. We are not in charge so we have to ask UEFA and FIFA to extend the year, maybe have 400 days a year and they can find a solution on that.

“UEFA know it but do they care? Absolutely not. More games and competitions. We are lucky to be in the Champions League, we are going to play it but it’s a lot, honestly. We have not had one midweek off.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was also critical of the new format.

He said: “Everyone knows my opinion on more games. Yes, the Super League is off the table, good, very good.

“But it’s not the case that the new Champions League is great. UEFA showed me the idea and I said I don’t like it, 10 games rather than six. No idea where to put them in.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel also hit out at the plans ahead of the Champions League semi-final clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea.

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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