Everybody is against Super League revival, says ECA chairman Al-Khelaifi

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Paris Saint-Germain club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has played down talk that the European Super League could be revived.

The top 12 clubs in Europe initially announced their intention to host a revolt in April 2021, but after the project met with almost universal relegation, all but three sides – Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus – withdrew.

Talk about renewed Super League plans has been erupting in recent months, especially with UEFA’s planning changes to the Champions League.

Al-Khelaifi, who is also chairman of the European Club Association, said he was looking forward to the future of the UEFA club competition and stressed that there was “no power” to establish a Super League.

“I think there is a very good chance [of the new Champions League proposals]. I think we are very happy with what we are doing and what we are going to do,” he said at the ECA conference.

“Everyone is against it [the Super League]. From fans, the media, only small and large clubs, only three [clubs want to be formed].

“The good news is that everyone enjoys playing in the UEFA Cup, isn’t it?

“So I don’t think there is a way or power to do something like this because we are united. Everyone here remembers the ECA, we found our unity in 2021.”

UEFA is expected to withdraw plans for clubs to qualify for the Champions League from the 2024/25 season based on historical performances even if they do not qualify for a home finish, according to The Times.

They are still looking for ways to add points based on coefficient and the Champions League group stage is still set to expand to 36 teams, however.

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