AFP JOHN THYS
Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus and the European Club Association, said that the agreement on the new system for the European Champions League is close to completion and will be settled within the next two weeks.
The European Football Association (UEFA) submitted a proposal to change the Champions League system, starting from 2024, with the participation of 36 teams instead of 32 and joining them in one group instead of the current system by dividing the clubs into eight groups of four teams each.
Despite criticism of the European League of Leagues for some things in the upcoming system, Agnelli believes that the agreement is close to completion.
He said, “I hope that everything will be completed within the next two weeks. There are some details that must be resolved, including the qualification system for the tournament and how the additional four seats will be allocated.”
He added, “But I think that matters will be resolved within the next two weeks.”
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The initial proposal from UEFA recommended that additional seats be granted to the highest ranked teams, which opens the door to major tournaments for the participation of more than four teams.
The leagues association has demanded that additional seats be allocated to the smaller champions, and Agnelli indicated that he expected a compromise between the two issues.