UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has admitted that the single-leg format used within the knockout rounds of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League may return sooner or later.
With COVID-19 restrictions forcing all soccer to grind to a halt, this 12 months’s competitors was concluded in Lisbon from the quarter-final stage in August.
In addition to the change of venues, the normal two-legged ties have been scrapped in favour of one-off knockout ties.
The high-stakes format, mixed with a World Cup summer time event really feel, has been praised for making matches extra intense and thrilling, with all matches, performed behind closed doorways. Each Man Metropolis and Manchester United went out of the Champions League and Europa League respectively, however performed in pulsating contests alongside the way in which and can each be in subsequent season’s Champions League.
If this format was to be continued, it may create a difficulty with broadcasters who would finally be paying for much less matches.
Nevertheless, Ceferin has claimed that, though the format was compelled upon them by a world-wide pandemic, UEFA could revisit the one-legged format sooner or later.
“We have been compelled to do it however ultimately we see that we discovered one thing new. So we’ll give it some thought sooner or later for certain,” Ceferin instructed Reuters in an interview.
The UEFA president stated that with out a second-leg to fall again on, groups have been compelled to go for targets.
“(There was) not a lot ways. Whether it is one match, if one workforce scores then the opposite has to attain as quickly as attainable. Whether it is two-legged system then there may be nonetheless time to win the subsequent match.
“Extra thrilling matches for certain however after all we even have to consider the truth that we’ve much less matches and broadcasters (can) say ‘you don’t have as many matches as earlier than, that is completely different’ so we should talk about when this loopy state of affairs ends.”