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Thomas Richards
1 Posted 05/02/2021 at 08:42:45
So Uefa are introducing a safety net allowing three teams who don't qualify through top 4 to still play in the Champions League. Entrants will be decided by their previous form in the Champions League.

Just as you know who look like they could be struggling...

Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 05/02/2021 at 09:30:49
It stinks that, Thomas, but nothing surprises me about these big powerful organizations, especially because they must be shitting themselves with massive fears of a breakaway alliance already being formed.

Arsenal qualified every year even though they hadn't won a pot for years, it's false and it's phoney and it's all about protecting the powers that be, and I'm certain Manchester City's lawyers knew this.

Thomas Richards
3 Posted 05/02/2021 at 09:39:05
It does stink, Tony. Uefa are terrified of a superleague. The sooner they form the superleague, the better.
Dennis Stevens
4 Posted 05/02/2021 at 10:25:19
So what happens if the top 4 ends up as:

Leicester City
Aston Villa
West Ham United

How can they change the qualification rules part-way through the season?

Will we have 8 clubs qualify from England & Collina wheeled out to referee the matches for the clubs listed above?!

John Cook
5 Posted 05/02/2021 at 11:09:43

My sentiments exactly when I first mentioned this move above. To me, it's another sign that the formation of an Elite European Football league is just around the corner. I also believe that the Everton hierarchy would love to be part of it going in; we were instrumental in forming the "birth of football" with the formation of the Premier League.

Dennis Stevens
6 Posted 05/02/2021 at 13:54:51
Comical, when you think of the fuss about England having 5 teams in contention when the rules were changed especially for Liverpool.

However, I have doubts that there will ever be a European Superleague as a tier above the national leagues. The whole gimmick with Champions League is as a competition for "winners", but that would no longer be the case if the clubs involved are judged solely on their performance in this Euro superleague – a lot of them will suddenly look like also-rans and losers.

Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 05/02/2021 at 16:30:27
Dennis 4

As I am reading it, the top four would qualify as normal but there would be an extra slot available which could go to a regular such as the RS if they fail to qualify. Since it's based on recent record, using your scenario I'd assume they'd rank City, RS, MU, Ars, Chelsea etc and work out which of them has the best record in recent years. That one team would then join the CL along with the four that legitimately qualify.

The issue with this to me is that the charge for change is being led by Juve, Real and Barce. They always qualify so I don't see them thinking this idea is a game changer. What it might do is convince scum like the RS, not to join them in a breakaway but I doubt it, as the one extra spot offers very little assurance in a competitive premier league. In short, it seems like a short-term thing that will benefit the "big six" but won't benefit them sufficiently to stop them conspiring for something more exclusive

Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 07/02/2021 at 06:47:24
Perhaps it should be renamed the Nearly Or Runners Up League of Europe, in short NORULE.
Robert Tressell
9 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:59:55
Why not just have a European league table based on each club's merchandising revenue in Asia?

A lot of integrity has been stripped out of football in the past 30 years. This would mark another low.

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