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Solskjaer concerns about the new Champions League proposals.

Solskjaer concerns about the new Champions League proposals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears that the new Champions League format will put quantity ahead of quality.

UEFA is set to expand the competition to 36 teams from the 2024/25 season in a change that will see each side play more group games before the usual knockout style conclusion.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now fears that the new Champions League format will put quantity ahead of quality.

UEFA has found itself battling with the threat of the emergence of a new Super League outfit and Ole Gunnar has questioned the ­wisdom of ordering football’s elite players to commit to even more fixtures.

In the new proposal, there will be 225 Champions League games from the 2024-25 season up from the current 125, and 36 teams will playing in a Swiss-style format.

The United boss knows that the increased schedule will ­generate more revenue in terms of TV cash and gate receipts but feels that UEFA are failing in their duty of care for players.

Solskjaer said:
“The new ­format of the Champions League gives the players more games and we need to look after the players so they can play at their best level.

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“I know there’s money in it, but they are human beings. I want the best possible product, the best possible games of ­football, and the magic of a final or semi-final has to be there.

“We’re moving towards the end of this season and players are playing every two to three days. It’s hard to play at your maximum level after a long, long season.

“Of course players want to be part of a final. Of course, they want to be part of a European Championship or a World Cup.
“But are we preparing them to play at the highest standard?”

Solskjaer further warned that the hectic schedule prompted by the pandemic cannot be ­repeated indefinitely. The Norwegian added:

“We have to listen to the players. Everyone knows this year has been particularly difficult and special, because of the pandemic.

“And I think football has been a release in terms of mental health for the people and the players as well. We’ve been ­privileged to play games.

“But the product will be ­better when the fans are back in – and it will be even better still when we get a couple more days between games.

“This week has been fantastic because it has been the first time since August 2019 when we haven’t had a midweek game, apart from the midweek break we had before Project Restart.

“To get the best possible product there are many, many ways we can do that – but listen to the fans, listen to the players and listen to us managers.”

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