UEFA make Champions League rule change to protect 'integrity' of competition and it's going to be chaos
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UEFA have made another significant Champions League rule change to 'protect the integrity' of the competition in future seasons.
The Champions League is already set to undergo the biggest change in its history next season, with the traditional group stage dropped in favour of a new league phase.
The amount of teams that can qualify will rise from 32 to 36, with all those teams placed in a single league phase and playing eight games each.
The top eight-placed teams in that phase will move straight to the last 16 stage, while the teams placed between ninth and 24th will take part in a two-legged play-off to determine the final eight teams that reach the knockouts.
But as part of the new league system, it has been confirmed that UEFA will make another change to the schedule which football fans will truly love.
The Daily Mail report that, due to 'concerns about integrity', the final round of Champions League group stage matches will all take place on the same day from next season - for the first time in the competition's history.
That is because, with all teams competing as part of one league, it ensures that no side gains any sort of advantage by playing later than another team in their group.
That is surely a recipe for chaotic scenes on the final day, with the small number of games and large number of teams making it likely that there will be plenty to play for when it comes to qualifying for the last 16 and the play-offs.
There's still a while to wait for that, though, with the Champions League last 16 clashes for this season taking place next month.
Holders Manchester City are among the teams still involved, who will all be looking to lift the European crown for the last time ever in its current guise before big changes are made next term.