Michel Platini’s latest harebrained scheme is to expand the Champions League from 32 teams to 64 and scrap the Europa League. The mooted plans would see the team who finish 7th in the Premier League join Europe’s elite club competition.
Not only that, but the team who finishes as runner-up in the FA Cup could even take part if the winner had already qualified. With that in mind, if these rules had been in place in 2004, Millwall could have potentially faced Barcelona or Real Madrid the following season despite competing in the Championship.
Whichever way you look at it, expanding the competition too much would almost certainly deem it less prestigious. Surely the more sensible thing to do would be to make the Europa League a 32 team competition?
The Europa League was only introduced in 2009 as a replacement for the UEFA Cup but like it’s predecessor has come in for criticism for being too bloated and long winded. Here is a somewhat exaggerated take on the Champions League’s ugly sister.