Redknapp wants CL revamp

BY foxsports • September 18, 2010

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes the Champions League should return to its old knockout format.

This format was in existence before the inception of the Champions League in 1992, and the White Hart Lane boss says it would make for better games, with more evenly matched teams.

"Tottenham are in the Champions League for the first time yet I still can't help feeling it'd be much better if we went back to a knockout system," he said in The Sun.

"My Spurs team could even lose out but I'm willing to take that gamble.

"Six guaranteed ties before December is all very well but is it the entertainment spectacle dreamed of in the early 1990s when the old European Cup was revamped?

"For most teams involved, it is going through motions. The system of seeding makes sure there are few, if any, upsets so the big names more often than not make it through to the last 16 in February when things finally get interesting."

Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal ran out comfortable winners on matchday one, scoring 10 goals between them.

Redknapp believes there are too many mismatches in the competition, and says there are certain teams that are not up to scratch when compared to the top sides.

"Arsenal looked fabulous running six past Portuguese side Braga without reply. Chelsea won 4-1 away at Slovaks MSK Zilina," he added.

"What total mismatches. Surely this means clubs like Braga and MSK Zilina do not have the right to share the same pitch as teams like Arsenal and Chelsea?"


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