Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, has come under fire for suggesting that the Champions League should revert to its original format, with only national champions competing. The proposal is expected to be criticised widely. As many believe it would be impractical and damaging to the sport.
Javier Tebas on Champions League Spots
Javier Tebas has argued that the current format of the Champions League has created a financial imbalance between clubs that compete in the competition and those that do not. However, many experts have pointed out that Tebas’ proposal would only exacerbate this issue. As it would limit the number of clubs that could participate in the competition and potentially lead to a concentration of wealth among the biggest clubs.
Moreover, Laliga clubs are already grappling with significant financial stress. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on football. With many clubs struggling to stay afloat due to the loss of matchday revenue. A report by Deloitte found that Laliga clubs had incurred a collective net loss of €952m during the 2019/20 season.
Given this context, many experts have questioned the timing and practicality of Tebas’ proposal. They argue that instead of focusing on restructuring the Champions League, Tebas should be working with other stakeholders in the game to find ways to support clubs that are struggling financially.
Tebas’ proposal is also seen as another example of his tendency to make controversial statements. In recent months, he has been critical of the European Super League. In recent months he also targeted Barcelona regarding the Negreira case. However, some have criticized his approach of managing the league. Arguing that he has been more focused on maintaining the status quo than on finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing football.
While Tebas’ proposal to revert the Champions League to its original format may have some merit. It is unlikely to be embraced by the footballing community. Rather, stakeholders should work together to find ways to support struggling clubs and ensure that the sport remains accessible and competitive for all.