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Ilkay Gundogan issues UEFA demand over new Champions League format

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution.

Image source: Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images


Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has publicly criticised UEFA for the new Champions League format. After seeing the proposed European Super League breakaway collapse, UEFA announced a revamp of the Champions League, to come into effect in 2024. The new format will see teams play 10 games in the opening stage -four more than they currently play.

 

 

 

 

Speaking on his official Twitter account, Gundogan said: “With all the Super League stuff going on can we please also speak about the new Champions League format?

“More and more and more games, is no-one thinking about us players? The new UCL format is just the lesser of the two evils in comparison to the Super League. The UCL format right now works great and that is why it’s the most popular club competition in the world – for us players and for the
fans.”

Gundogan’s words received a largely positive response on social media. Manchester City are still in the current season’s competition as they reached the semi-finals where they will face Paris Saint-Germain.


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