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There has long been talk of a potential breakaway by the biggest teams in the continent to create a new 'Super League,' either instead of their domestic leagues or instead of the Champions League.
Clubs want more power and more money to go to them, as they are the ones who generate interest in the big competitions, and want the opportunity to play against each other more often.
Those plans are set to get a step closer as 12 clubs are now in agreement, and are ready to formalise their discussions in the 'coming hours.'
According to reports the 12 include the Premier League's 'big six,' of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
They are joined by a trio from Serie A, Inter, AC Milan and Juventus, an three from La Liga, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but doesn't include anyone from Bundesliga or Ligue 1.
:rotating_light: In the coming hours, 12 very big European clubs (the 3 Spanish, the 3 Italians and the English clubs) should formalize the creation of a European Superleague. In its first version there are no French and German clubs. War with UEFA.- Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) April 18, 2021
UEFA were set to announce a new format for the Champions League, expected on Monday, that would see more clubs in the tournament.
The new format was set to see 36 teams in the first round proper, currently the group stages, instead of the 32 that have been in place for a while now.
Instead of eight groups of four, it was expected that the new format would see all 36 teams in one large group, with each team playing 10 games in the group and using the 'Swiss System.'
The extra places would go to 'traditional' big sides who had failed to qualify through the normal means for the Champions League, based on the UEFA coefficient ranking system, meaning a side like Liverpool would make the competition if they finished outside the top four.
According to the Athletic, PSG have been approached by the breakaway pack but the Ligue 1 champions, who lost in their first Champions League final last season, have rejected the chance to be involved.
The outlet report that the French champions believe it would be disrespectful to UEFA, with a source telling them, "We are sticking to the tradition of UEFA."
Bayern Munich have also refused to join the teams with their plan for the Super League.
Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Football, Manchester United, Barcelona, Serie A, Ligue 1, PSG, Atletico Madrid, Premier League, AC Milan, Juventus, Arsenal, Champions League, Real Madrid, La Liga, Inter, Bundesliga
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