Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have both pushed through ferocious new Champions League reforms over player concerns

Pep Guardiola refocused on UEFA over a lack of concern for the player’s welfare amid the new Champions League reforms – while Jurgen Klopp has also turned down controversial changes to the league.

Manchester City boss Guardiola was candid about governing bodies not taking on the concerns about the match crisis facing elite clubs.

He supported Ilkay Gundogan’s claim that the Champions League’s rise to 36 teams and 10 group matches is the ‘lesser of two evils’ compared to the fateful European Super League.

Pep Guardiola has been committed to the proposed reforms of the Champions League and raising the match

Pep Guardiola has been committed to the proposed reforms of the Champions League and raising the match

City initially signed for the Super League, but Guardiola and the players were in opposition. The Catalan said earlier in the week that UEFA had ‘failed’ the players.

“The show has to go on,” Guardiola said sarcastically. ‘Of course it results in more injuries. The same every season, the players play the way they like to play, but the injuries come.

‘Every time it’s the same, all of football demands better quality and goes for quantity. We’re not in charge, so we need to ask UEFA and FIFA to extend the year, maybe 400 days a year, and they can fix that.

The divisive changes, which will take effect in 2024, will include 36 teams and 10 group matches

Manchester City boss Guardiola insisted the impending build-up will result in more injuries

‘UEFA knows, but do they care? Absolutely not. More games and competitions. We’re lucky to be in the Champions League, we’re going to play it, but it’s a lot, frankly. We have not had a midweek off.

‘It’s crazy. The guys aren’t in the Champions League or the Europa League, they’re playing a new league, so let’s go. It is much. It’s like an actor is in the theater three times a day. They like it once a day, but three times a day is too much. ‘

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Klopp was also questioned about the reforms and did not hesitate to explain its shortcomings.

He said, ‘Everyone knows my opinion about more games. Yes, the Super League is off the table, well, very well.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp also ventured the changes and has told UEFA he doesn’t like it

But it’s not like the new Champions League is great. UEFA showed me the idea and I said I don’t like it, 10 games instead of six. No idea where to go. ‘

The changes, as part of the so-called ‘Swiss Model’, will result in 100 more matches, giving coaches a fresh selection headache.

As a result, and for fear of the impact on lower divisions’ revenues, the proposals were met with a wave of condemnation.

As reported by SportsmailDavid Bernstein, the former FA chairman, and his campaign group Saving the Beautiful Game, believe the reforms will widen the ‘obscene’ divide between wealthy clubs and the rest.

The league’s reforms were given the green light on Monday (Photo: UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin)

Three of the four additional places in the competition are awarded to clubs based on their previous performance in Europe, based on the UEFA rankings.

The expanded tournament, which generates nearly £ 3 billion in prize money, is believed to bring in a bigger windfall.

The vocal critics are concerned that revenues from domestic competitions will be cut – and point out that the Carabao Cup and FA Cup could also be at risk.

Klopp added: “The football structure is not prepared for more matches at the moment.”

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