UEFA’s Radical Plan for Next Season’s Champions League Could Shake Up Ligue 1

UEFA is currently weighing a decision on whether they should disallow video assistant referee (VAR). They’re also looking to make another radical decision regarding the qualifications for the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.

According to La Repubblica (via Foot Mercato), the federation is currently receiving a strong recommendation to use the UEFA ranking of clubs if leagues across Europe cannot finish their seasons.

However, using club performances in European competitions over the last five years does present some controversy, particularly in France.

This decision will not hurt Paris Saint-Germain, but other clubs like rival Olympique de Marseille and Stade Rennais could suffer financially with the lack of Champions League money coming in if UEFA does indeed go this route.

Although plenty of PSG supporters will not care and enjoy lopsided victories over Marseille, Ligue 1 needs to have these two clubs competing against in Europe regularly.

Furthermore, with Champions League money, Marseille will be able to invest in their squad, which should make for a more competitive Le Classique.

Competitive games will lead to moments like Edinson Cavani scoring a game-tying goal in stoppage time or Julian Draxler scoring an insurance goal, which led to the German trolling the Marseille fans.

If UEFA decides to move forward with this plan and select teams based on European performances over the last five years, then it will be AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais representing France along with PSG in next season’s Champions League competition. Both clubs are well outside the qualification spots currently.

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Tags AS Monaco Champions League Marseille Olympique Lyonnais Stade Rennais UEFA
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