UEFA president admits one-legged Champions League format could stay

UEFA president admits one-legged Champions League format could stay

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has admitted that the one-legged Champions League format could stay ahead of the coming season.

UEFA implemented a novel ‘final eight’ stage in the Champions League and Europa League this season, with all quarter-finals and semi-finals played as single-legged matches due to the coronavirus break.

Clubs usually face each other home and away until the one-off final at a neutral venue but according to Caferin, the new format was an exciting one and could stay in the future.

“I have to say that this system of one match seems more interesting to me than the other system with two-legged matches. It’s one of the interesting things that was brought by this pandemic.

“We had to do a system like that. We had to play this way, but in the end, we see it’s a very interesting system,” he told Reuters.

Congestion of fixtures is expected in the coming season and this might force UEFA to adjust their footballing calendar.  

“Now, it’s quite complicated to place a final eight in the calendar. But we saw that people want exciting matches, that in one match, every team can beat every team in the Champions League or the Europa League. So it’s something to consider for the future … I think in September or October, we have to start to seriously speak,” he added.

The one-legged affair in the knockout stages saw the UEFA Champions League played in Portugal with the Europa League staged in Germany.

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