The new Champions League: More games, play on Thursdays, one group...

After the European Super League announcement, UEFA stated their plans

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Javier Giraldo

The new Champions League design was unveiled on Monday. It comes the day after 12 of the biggest clubs in the world announced their plans for a breakaway European Super League.

The new UCL format is set to start in 2024, running for at least nine years. It sees 36 clubs qualifying for the group phase, where all teams play 10 games as part of one table.

The top eight qualify directly for the knock-outs, while the next 16 teams will play two-legged play-offs for eight of them to join the teams that are through.

The 36 clubs will be split into four blocks, according to their UEFA co-efficient, which will help decide their matches. They will play five home games and five away games each.

There will be 180 group phase games, up from 96 that currently exist.

The eventual winners will play 17 games on the way to the trophy, or 19 if they need to reach the knock-out rounds via the play-offs.

The competition would also be expanded to see games take place on Thursdays too, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday. Eliminated teams would no longer reach the Europa League.

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