Plans for a European Tremendous League involving a few of soccer’s richest golf equipment have been met by widespread dismay from followers and former gamers.
English soccer’s so-called “Large Six” are amongst 12 golf equipment who’ve agreed to kind a breakaway competitors to rival the Champions League, with the challenge backed by US banking large JP Morgan.
A complete of 20 groups are anticipated to affix earlier than the inaugural season, with 15 “founding golf equipment” assured a spot within the league with out the specter of relegation.
Right here, Sky Information appears to be like at what the managers of the English golf equipment concerned – Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea – have mentioned concerning the plans, which have been mooted for a number of years earlier than Sunday’s bombshell announcement.
They embrace feedback from Jose Mourinho earlier than he was sacked by Spurs on Monday.
The Liverpool supervisor reportedly voiced his opposition to plans for a European Tremendous League in 2019.
In response to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp informed German sports activities journal Kicker: “I hope this Tremendous League won’t ever occur.
“With the best way the Champions League is now working, soccer has an awesome product, even with the Europa League.
“For me, the Champions League is the Tremendous League, by which you don’t at all times find yourself taking part in towards the identical groups.
“In fact, it’s [financially] necessary, however why ought to we create a system the place Liverpool faces Actual Madrid for 10 straight years?
“Who needs to see that yearly?”
Nonetheless Klopp had beforehand joked he could be eager on the concept of a European Tremendous League, saying it could imply “loads much less video games and far more cash.”
Requested for his ideas on the proposition in 2018, he mentioned: “I’ve no actual opinion. It sounds good, very nice, as a result of it could imply loads much less video games and far more cash.
“I am utterly effective with league soccer and the way it’s in the meanwhile. Not less than it is an concept that will not occur instantly, I am unsure if any person has spoken about it to be sincere.
“All the opposite great concepts of UEFA and FIFA they do it instantly – they do not ask – you see then, ‘oh now we’ve got 20 extra video games – all of us – and no more cash.'”
The Manchester Metropolis boss warned “we can not kill the decrease divisions or the Premier League” when he was requested about plans for a European Tremendous League earlier this 12 months.
Talking in January, Guardiola mentioned: “I’ve the sensation we can not lose the native leagues, what it means for the FA Cup, the leagues.
“What we should always do is make each single league in Europe stronger than what it’s, much less groups, higher championships, higher League One, higher League Two, higher Premier League with much less groups in each competitors. Go to the standard over amount.
“To make a brilliant Premier League, you need to scale back the groups, however we can not kill the decrease divisions or the Premier League itself.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Manchester United supervisor claimed he solely learnt of the newest developments surrounding the European Tremendous League on Sunday.
“I can not say an excessive amount of, my focus has been on this sport.”
— Sky Sports activities Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 18, 2021
Talking after his aspect’s 3-1 victory over Burnley, he informed Sky Sports activities: “I’ve seen this morning the information and hypothesis.
I can not actually say an excessive amount of, my focus has been on this sport.
“I acquired the information in the present day as properly.”
He added: “I do not actually know all of the ins and outs – I would like to seek out out and the membership will difficulty a remark most likely.”
The Arsenal supervisor claimed he was unaware that the membership had agreed to be a part of the European Tremendous League as he confronted questions after their 1-1 draw with Fulham on Sunday.
A reporter requested: “Are you saying you are not conscious of it in any respect? You have not heard something from the membership?”
Arteta replied: “No.”
He went on to say: “As soon as I do know each element and I’ve all the data then I can consider and provide you with my opinion.”
Earlier than he was sacked as Spurs supervisor on Monday, simply hours after the membership introduced its plan to affix the European Tremendous League, Mourinho had been tight-lipped about his ideas on the breakaway competitors.
Requested for his views throughout a press convention in October final 12 months, Mourinho mentioned: “I go away it for Mr Levy,” referring to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
The Chelsea supervisor is but to touch upon the European Tremendous League however is due to participate in a press convention at 1.30pm in the present day, the place he’s more likely to be requested for his views.