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Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel Unhappy With New Champions League Format

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel 'not happy at all' with new Champions League format
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel 'not happy at all' with new Champions League format / Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that it is "hard to be excited" over the new Champions League format and insisted that he does not want his team playing even more games next season.

UEFA have introduced changes to the format that will see the number of teams in the competition rise from 32 to 36 from 2024, and the group stage will be replaced by a single league stage. With the introduction of the "Swiss System", the minimum number of games a team would have to play increases from six to 10, and Tuchel vented about the fact that teams will need to squeeze in extra fixtures into an already jam-packed schedule.

“I’m not sure if I like it because I can only see more games at the start of it, more games in a schedule that we have,” Chelsea’s manager said. “It’s very hard for me to be excited at all. All these discussions about Super League made us forget that we have a new format of Champions League very soon. Did they ask any coach about this? I don’t think so. They didn’t ask me. Did they ask any player about it? I don’t think so.

“We have so many new formats with the Nations League, the world championship for clubs coming soon. There’s so much new stuff, so many more games and more teams in the European Championship in the summer. More, more, more games. Not more quality, just more games. They push you to play more games and at the same time we have three substitutes in the Premier League and domestic competitions. I’m not happy about these competitions, not at all. But I was not involved.”

Tuchel also spoke about the breakaway European Super League, which has now been abandoned, but UEFA chiefs have been calling for the founding 12 members to face sactions for their role in the project. He added: "We deserve to be in the semi-final, like Real Madrid deserve to be in the semi-final. We don’t deserve it because of political decisions or because of influence or because of size or because of nice shirts or because of our logo.

"We deserve it because we came a long way. I had the luck to be part of it since the knockout phase … If problems exist on a sports political level then it has to be solved on this level and not during a competition which is not affected."