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Sport Guardiola wants to see fewer top-flight teams after Super League news

21:08  23 january  2021
21:08  23 january  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Pep Guardiola feels fewer teams in the Premier League and EFL would be good. The European Super League would comprise two groups of 10 teams , with the top four in each group progressing We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the

The Times newspaper said it had seen a proposal for the Super League that outlined plans for a competition with 15 founding members and five other clubs qualifying annually. The plan envisages the 20 clubs being split into two groups of 10 and playing between 18 and 23 European matches a season.

Pep Guardiola that is standing in the rain: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Pep Guardiola has called for the number of teams in the Premier League to be reduced as fresh plans for a European Super League emerged earlier this week.

The proposals, which are being driven by Real Madrid and Manchester United among others, would see 15 founding clubs guaranteed participation and five other teams qualify on an annual basis.

A total of £4.6billion would be invested in the competition - with JP Morgan Chase believed to be willing to stump the cash - while clubs will receive up to £310m if they are accepted into the league.

Pep Guardiola that is standing in the snow: Pep Guardiola wants to see the number of teams in the Premier League cut to boost its appeal © Provided by Daily Mail Pep Guardiola wants to see the number of teams in the Premier League cut to boost its appeal Zinedine Zidane wearing a suit and tie: Real Madrid are one of the clubs said to be involved in a radical European Super League plan © Provided by Daily Mail Real Madrid are one of the clubs said to be involved in a radical European Super League plan

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Pep Guardiola wants to protect the Premier League amid plans for a European Super LeagueCredit: AFP. But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich chief, 50 And instead he put forward his view that the number of teams in the English top flight could be reduced to improve the quality of the product.

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That concern, along with a desire to see an overall improvement in the Premier League's appeal, means Guardiola is keen to see a reduction in the number of clubs in the division, as well as further down the English football pyramid.

Speaking ahead of his side's visit to League Two Cheltenham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening, the 50-year-old said: 'What we should do is make every league in Europe stronger than what it is: less teams, better championships, better League One, better League Two, better Premier League with less teams in every competition. Go for quality over quantity.

'You have to make a super Premier League [and] for that you have to reduce teams. But we can't kill lower divisions.

'That's something that is so important. It's not about other benefits, it's about how important sentimentally it is having your own league for every country.'

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Pep Guardiola says domestic leagues and cups cannot be lost after fresh reports surfaced over the Cristiano Ronaldo becomes top goalscorer in football history. "To make a super Premier League , you have to reduce the teams , but we cannot kill the lower divisions or the Premier League itself."

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The European Super League would comprise two groups of 10 teams, with the top four in each group progressing to a knockout stage.

Six founding clubs would come from England, with three from both Spain and Italy, as well as two from Germany and one from France.

Mario Mandzukic standing in front of a crowd: The new league would feature two groups of 10 teams and a subsequent knockout phase © Provided by Daily Mail The new league would feature two groups of 10 teams and a subsequent knockout phase Gianni Infantino standing next to a woman: FIFA and UEFA have said they will bar any players from their competitions if they break away © Provided by Daily Mail FIFA and UEFA have said they will bar any players from their competitions if they break away

The clubs involved will still compete in their domestic leagues and see the breakaway competition as an opportunity to generate enough revenue to make up for the financial hit taken by clubs due to Covid-19.

FIFA and UEFA have reacted quickly to the latest European Super League reports, issuing a joint statement to warn that any player or club that breaks away will be barred from playing in any competition run by the governing bodies, most notably the World Cup.

However, doubts have been cast over whether FIFA and UEFA can enforce such drastic proposals.

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