Why finishing fourth in Premier League may no longer seal Champions League spot

By Mirror: Friday, April 5th 2019 at 13:51 GMT +3 | Football
The UEFA Champions League [Courtesy]

Premier League clubs battling for a top-four finish to reach the Champions League could become a thing of the past - if Europe's powerhouses get their way.

Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are fighting it out for a place at the continent's top table in a race which looks set to go to the wire.

But Premier League clubs will be told today about plans for a revamp of the Champions League, according to The Sun.

And it involves the competition almost becoming a closed shop - making it increasingly difficult for teams outside of the previous year's edition to qualify.

Juventus president and head of the European Club Association, Andrea Agnelli, is understood to be ramping up the proposal.

It would see changes implemented from 2024 - with the current structure of eight groups of four teams changing to four groups of eight teams.

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That would mean 14 games in the group stage and a total of 21 fixtures played for the two sides that make it all the way to the final.

And among the ideas is allegedly a system which would see the top 24 sides from the previous year's competition automatically qualify for the following edition - leaving just eight spots for new teams.

It would essentially ring-fence the world's premier club competition and make it even more lucrative.

There are reportedly fears that UEFA will bow to the demands of their biggest clubs - including staging matches on weekends.

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