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I’m not happy about the Champions League changes - Tuchel

Mon 26 April 2021 | 16:59

The Chelsea manager believes Europe’s elite competition has undergone some bad changes when the focus was on the Super League.

Thomas Tuchel

is not in favour of any changes done to the Champions League, as they have decided to add more fixtures for the clubs in the group stage.


are about to complete 58 or 59 matches this season and with the four more clashes added to the Champions League group stage from 2024, the total of the games will increase.

With UEFA’s renovated Nations League and FIFA’s new Club World Cup tournament proposals, the Blues boss thinks the squad and players at the top would be physically under pressure.


I am not sure if I like it because I can only see many more games in the schedule that we have. It is very hard for me to get excited about it,"

Tuchel said before the clash against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

"With these discussions about the Super League, we forget that we now have a new format in the Champions League. Did they ask any coach about it? I don’t think so. Did they ask any players about it? I don’t think so.

"We have a Nations League, a new championship for the clubs, so much more stuff and so many more games, European Championships in the summer, it is just more and more games. Who should play these games?

"At the same time, we have only three substitutes per game here in the Premier League. No, I am not happy about this format."

After Florentino Perez became the Super League project’s president and defended it in public, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin praised English clubs, including Chelsea, for departing early and destroying the plans.

Ceferin also stated that compared with Spanish and Italian clubs, English clubs will receive fewer sanctions. Before Tuesday’s battle against Madrid, Tuchel expressed his gratefulness for neither of the clubs getting kicked out of the competition.

"We deserve to be in the semi-final like Real Madrid,"

he added.

"We don't deserve it because of political decisions, or influence, or size or nice shirts; we deserve it because we came a long way.

"I was part of it since the knockout phase. All teams have come a long way. They have fought their way through on sporting results in the toughest competition in Europe. So, of course, we deserve to play in the semi-final.

"If a problem exists on a political sports level, then it has to be solved on this level, not during a competition which is not affected. Right now, we deserve, through the competition, to be there.

"That's why we are full of confidence and looking forward to playing these matches on the highest level because that's what we all dream about when we are kids."

Real Madrid manager

Zinedine Zidane

was quizzed if they will be punished by UEFA’s referees for their role in ESL, and Tuchel was asked to share his opinion on the matter.




trust 100 per cent in the referee and in UEFA and in the competition,"

said Tuchel.

"I trust 100 per cent that any referee UEFA sends on this level. We need the best referees because it's very, very difficult."

source: SportMob