https://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2019/06/06/5cf93bf4268e3e2e478b4567.htmlUEFA have planned a new Champions League format which is set to be introduced in 2024 and has been opposed by several European clubs.
There are nine Spanish clubs in the European Club Association (ECA) and of those, seven - Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, Athletic Club, Villarreal, Real Sociedad and Malaga - are against the proposal, while Real Madrid and Barcelona are in favour.
As El Partidazo de COPE and Radio MARCA have learned, the new tournament will consist of 32 teams, with eight of them being relegated to the Europa League for the following season.
The format will be the following:
- The first phase will consist of 32 teams divided into four groups of eight teams each (14 matchdays).
- The first four teams of each group will qualify to the round of 16.
- The bottom team of each group will be relegated to the Europa League for the following season.
- The sixth and seventh of each group will play a play-out to avoid relegation to the Europa League for the next campaign.
The new plan will be presented at a meeting in August in Monaco, while LaLiga Santander and the Premier League are strongly opposed to it.