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

Last updated 1 year ago | By Mirror

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.

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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.

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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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