Coach Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig sees the reform of the Champions League quite critically.
“There was a time when there was a talk show every day from 12 noon to 4 pm. Suddenly there wasn’t any more because it was inflationary. At some point there was nothing left to say about who is pregnant by whom,” he said Coach regarding possible oversaturation on Friday.
According to Nagelsmann, the new system has “two sides” that need to be weighed up. “It is obvious that games on television bring money,” said the coach: “That is understandable to a certain extent. On the other hand, it is the case that the players have an incredible number of games.” The Champions League mode adopted on Monday provides for an increase from the current 32 to 36 participants from 2024.
In the so-called “Swiss model”, each team would have ten instead of six group games as before. “The body and head then need more regeneration. We will definitely get more injuries,” said Nagelsmann: “It will be an advantage that more games are shown on television, but the quality will be at the expense.”
The inadequate quality of the games, together with the oversupply on the market, could then lead to rejection by the fans. “At some point, when too many games are on TV, but the games are no longer good, it no longer makes sense,” said Nagelsmann.