Time and time again, managers and football fans have questioned the usefulness of another European league besides the Champions league.
Who needs a second rate European competition? Most European clubs see it as an unwanted distraction and often field weakened sides.
Clubs these days are much more about passion or even about winning. Glory doesn’t seem the most important objective to some clubs anymore. Football clubs are run like big companies, with a main objective to earn profit.
Even though most of the big clubs in Europe fail to earn profit, the relatively small amount of money available for winning in the Europa league is quite possibly the main reason why big clubs want no part of it. Winning the Europa league nets the club a sum in the region of €6,4 million, which is roughly just 20% of prize money for the winner of Champions league.
Another important reason why some clubs don’t like Europa league is that the games are played on Thursdays, which leaves little preparation for games played on weekend. A decent or a big European club could view the competition as a good chance to win some silverware, but it isn’t quite that straightforward. Because of many strong Russian and Ukrainian clubs competing, there will be some difficult away games in hostile and freezing conditions.
Also, the number of games needed to win the competition is massive. A club which wants to win it must have very fit players or good strength in depth.
Michel Platini and co are discussing the idea of merging the Europa league with the Champions league. While it would bring bigger monetary reward for clubs involved, it would be wrong to call the competition Champions league anymore.
With possibly 64 clubs competing, there wouldn't be many "champions“ in the Champions league.
From a football fan’s point-of-view, UEFA should continue with two competitions. It gives a chance to watch good European games on three consecutive nights – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Also, some matches in the Europa league are certainly worthy of Champions league, for instance Tottenham Hotspurs match against Inter Milan 3-0.
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