Champions League

Rummenigge claims Champions League group stage is “boring” and changes are “imminent”

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that the current Champions League group and knockout stages are “boring”.

He is of the belief that the competition tends to lack excitement owing to the gulf in class that usually exists between the teams in each group.

According to the Daily Record, Rummenigge is a fan of some of the proposed changes to the tournament’s group stage. The UEFA have made no secret of the fact that they want to bring about a change that will impact the Champions League’s longevity.

“The biggest problem of the Champions League is currently the Group Stage because this threatens to get a little boring,” Rummenigge said.

“I know UEFA are working on a plan that will make that stage of the competition more attractive. People will like what they come up with – I’m convinced of that too.”

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Rummenigge also believes that UEFA are working on a plan that would see Europe’s biggest competition ape the Super Bowl formula, which is extremely popular in the United States.

“UEFA are viewing the final week as a major footballing attraction, a bit like the Super Bowl,” he added.

“That sounds good, in my opinion. The group phase of the Champions League is boring.”

A number of changes have already been implemented to the competition, with Scotland now being able to include two teams due to cracking into the top 15 of the coefficient rankings. They will also have one spot in the Europa League.

Marca report that the proposed Champions League format would come into effect from the 2024-25 season. It would see the competition expand from 32 to 36 teams, as well as the creation of a first phase with six groups of six teams.

If the proposal is officially approved, the two teams that reach the Champions League final would play a total of 17 matches in the tournament, as opposed to the 13 at the moment.