23 Aug UEFA president Ceferin to contemplate future last eight Champions League format
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has mentioned the single-game knockout format used within the Champions League this yr from the quarterfinals onwards might be revisited sooner or later.
The format was modified to be able to permit the competitors to be accomplished in a shorter time span after the coronavirus pandemic halted play for a number of months throughout Europe in March.
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“We have been compelled to do it however ultimately we see that we discovered one thing new,” Ceferin instructed Reuters. “So we’ll give it some thought sooner or later for certain.”
Ceferin mentioned that and not using a second leg to fall again on, teams have been compelled to go for objectives.
“[There has been] not a lot techniques,” he added. “Whether it is one match, if one team scores then the opposite has to attain as quickly as attainable. Whether it is two-legged system then there’s nonetheless time to win the following match.
“Extra thrilling matches for certain however in fact we even have to consider the truth that we’ve much less matches and broadcasters [can] say: ‘you do not have as many matches as earlier than, that is totally different’ so we should focus on when this loopy scenario ends.”
The “last eight” event passed off with out followers in stadiums and the prospect of supporters from eight golf equipment descending on one metropolis might trigger safety points amongst different logistical issues.
The present two-legged format is locked in place contractually till 2024-2025 however discussions are as a consequence of start later this yr on the construction for the competitors for the following section.
The event was performed over 11 days and clearing house within the congested worldwide calendar can be one other impediment to beat however Ceferin is intrigued by the probabilities.
“Search for certain it’s a very fascinating format,” he mentioned. “Now, I doubt as a lot because the calendar is now, that we might do a last eight [tournament], as a result of it could take an excessive amount of time.
“However a format with one match and a system like it’s now, I believe it could be rather more thrilling than the format that was earlier than.
“If we might play this technique then, however we’ve not mentioned with anybody its simply an thought, we might play in a single metropolis. In case you play in a single metropolis, you possibly can have per week of football or one thing like that. However it’s far too early to consider it.
“We now have seen it as a giant success and the viewership over TV has been enormous, perhaps it additionally good as a result of it’s August and individuals are at residence, a few of them at the very least, however fascinating, fascinating event.”