Group stages in the Champions League in recent time are devoid of excitement. 

True some shocks have happened, such as the two Manchester clubs crashing out in the group stages, Apoel Nicosia going as far as the quarter-finals and Celtic making it to the round of 16. 

Beside these incidents, shocks are few and far between but is there a way to improve the competitiveness of the group stages.

Could un-seeding teams within the Champions League be a suitable answer?

Un-seeding teams would no doubt have a strong chance of increasing the competitiveness of the group stages.

This would hopefully have a two pronged benefit. It would give more of an edge to the group stages, could you picture Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Real Madrid fighting it out for the top two spots in the group, TV viewing figures would be off the charts and every game would be a must win scenario as opposed to the current standard where you can rest players for matches but still go through.

However, crucially, it could give 'smaller' teams more of an opportunity to grow thanks to the Champions League revenue given for reaching the latter stages of the competition.

With enough revenue, you could be capable of seeing teams like Celtic, Steaua Bucharest and Basel one day winning the Champions League.

Perhaps its too idealistic to look at things this way but I for one would welcome this change because at the moment the winners will boil down to one of a select few because the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich etc are the only ones capable of reaching the latter stages of the competition because they can develop and pay for the best of the best.


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