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European Football Giants Discuss Champions League Expansion to 96 Teams With Six From Premier League

European Football Giants Discuss Champions League Expansion to 96 Teams With Six From Premier League

Europe's top clubs are reportedly in talks over a radical proposal of a 96-team Champions League.

That would mean six Premier League teams would be guaranteed entry into the mega tournament, which would treble in size from the current 32-team set-up.

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According to The Sun, a 16-format division with six teams in each is being considered as part of a major shake-up from 2024.

That would mean all of the Premier League's big six could feature, rather than scramble for a top-four place to make the Champions League.

But English clubs are believed to be against the idea of Champions League expansion as it would likely mean the end for the Carabao Cup.

Liverpool won the Champions League in Madrid in June and will face Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in the group stages this year
Liverpool won the Champions League in Madrid in June and will face Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in the group stages this year

A 48-team format is also under consideration for the future of European football's premier competition.

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The Champions League draw was made this week in Monaco with holders Liverpool being pitted against Napoli, Salzburg and Genk.

Manchester City, meanwhile, were drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta.

Tottenham were handed a trip to Bayern Munich as well as clashes with Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade.

Elsewhere, Chelsea were pitted against Valencia, Ajax and Lille.

This season's competition begins on September 17 with the final set for Istanbul on Saturday, May 30.

Topics: Football, Champions League

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

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