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    Champions' League revamped?

    United Call For Champions League Revamp
    3/22/2005 8:52:00 PM
    Manchester United chief David Gill has called for the Champions League to be revamped to protect the biggest clubs in the competition.

    The Premiership giants were knocked out of this seasons competition by AC Milan, which Gill believes would have been avoided if the draw was seeded.

    Hel said: "At the moment we effectively have a random draw after the group stage.

    "Maybe we should use a system where the holders are rated number one and they play the 16th ranked team, number two versus 15, and so on."

    He added: "Itís not good for the big clubs, not good for TV and sponsors if there are no Spanish clubs in the quarter-finals.

    "When the draw for the group stage is made, each clubís co-efficient is used.

    "Given it is unlikely we will ever go back to a situation of having two group stages, maybe we should use a system during the knock-out phase that also reflects the rankings.

    "AC Milan were discussing this before we played them, so it is not a knee-jerk reaction."

    Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and holders Porto were all knocked out in the second round.



    What do you think? I personally agree with David Gill since I think it is such a shame that matches like Barcelona - Chelsea & Milan - Man Utd had to happen in the 1/8 finals. As much as I'd like for the big teams to be knocked out as fast as possible so as to increase Inter's chance of winning it, there could also be a situation in the future when we have to draw the Barcas or Real Madrids in such an early stage.

    As a neutral, I find it such a shame that the Barca - Chelsea & Milan - Man Utd clashes happened so early. What made it worse was the fact that key players such as Shevchenko, Ruud and Robben had to miss the tie; although actually injuries can happen in the later part of the season too. Another factor is that we have to witness a PSV - Lyon tie in the 1/4 final stage, instead of Real Madrid's or Barcelona's matches. With all due respect, PSV & Lyon combined can not match the prestige or flair that Barca or Real Madrid have.

    Hmmm, I just remembered that actually there is a rule whereby the 1st placed teams in the group stage cannot be drawn against each other. So actually, the clubs were protected. Oh, I'm so confused. :p


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    yeh, the rule is you cant play teams who finish first.
    thats why we played porto and not Arsenal.
    Thats why milan played Man u and not Chelsea.

    But i think this is stupid.

    David Gill can go home and shutup, no matter who you face, if your good enough to be European champion then it doesnt matter who u get.

    plus thats a disadvantage for teams like Lyon, PSV etc...

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    Football is not about the Man U, Milan, Real Madrid. Its about the small clubs. If this were to go through then whats the point of having league competitions in the first place.

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    I don't agree with Gill. I think after the group stages, the system works fine, whereby the first in a group will play the second n another group. After that, it should be random selection. It would be very unfair for the top teams to play the much weaker teams.
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    I don't give a damn Real or Barca being knocked out in 1/8..Both clubs were 2nd in their groups and had to go against a club finished 1st in group..

    The thing they didn't advance further tells you - they didn't deserve to..

    If Lyon beats Milan in semis who can say they didn't deserve to win CL??
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    This is a outrageous statement. The CL isn't privliged to ManU, Barca, Chelsea or Madrid. It's for all European clubs to compete, I don't give a damn if Barca play Milan in the first round. May the best team win...

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    I don't want the CL to turn into a tennis tournament. It's great the way it is now. And I don't want to see it changed.
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    Davids Gill should rather go and ask ferguson why he played a second string team in tyrkey and finished second when he could have finished 1st inj the group and avoided the likes of milan.
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    Completely ridicilous suggestion.

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    If Man Utd wanted to become European Champions they would be able to beat anyone!!!
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