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Three series of eighth-finals will leave three great Europeans eliminated from the competition. From that possibility, we evaluate the conditions of the tournament draws
Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, and Manchester United, three of these six major European teams of today and history in some cases, will bid farewell to this edition of the UEFA Champions League just in the eighth-finals, after the draw held earlier this week in Nyon, Switzerland.
Read in english: ¿La UEFA debería cambiar los sorteos en la Champions League?
While it is true that, from the point of view of the fanatic, great duels are guaranteed from the first round of direct elimination, which is always attractive, it is also true that another sector of specialists consider that several of these 'death Sudden' crosses could be avoided if in the draw for the round of 16 (the round in which this way of determining the matches is most criticized), the conditions such as "can not face teams from the same country", and some others radicals, "can not face teams that were already in the same group."
I agree that the raffle should be purer and without conditions, although I must admit that to see in the second round a match that was already twice in the group stage would be boring. I do not share the same country, because if they play because luck decided so they play. Some have assured in recent years, that UEFA takes care of itself in health to avoid in the early stages a Real Madrid vs Barcelona, by far the European duel of the highest marketing in recent years and in which they bet can be soon as a final, which to date has not happened.
Then, starting from the last point, it is hard to believe that the draw is 100% random. However, UEFA does not like a final with teams from the same country, because the party loses interest and this focuses on a single nation. Of the last six editions of the Champions League, three matches have had as protagonists clubs of the same confederation. In 2013, Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund, and in 2014 and 2016 Real Madrid vs. Atlético de Madrid, in this case, worse, two teams from the same city. So, by analyzing the situation, we can not ensure that the draw is so premeditated if you want to avoid a final like the ones mentioned above.
But we maintain our position that the draw must be changed and remove the constraints to avoid suspicion and comments. It is no secret to anyone that the way to the final for important teams is usually more accessible than other clubs. For no one is a secret that names like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, and Juventus, are attractive for television revenues and the idea is to make the path easier for the chances of playing the final increase, so at least strong or with fewer fanatics it corresponds to him to make an almost perfect campaign to aspire to arrive at the party by the title. As for example, they got Atlético de Madrid in 2014, and Liverpool in the previous campaign.
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What are the disadvantages of the current system?
The first disadvantage is that you can not avoid such attractive matches in such early stages, but of course, if one of the favorites does not comply with the logic of being the first group but second (again as Athletic and Liverpool) almost inevitably you will play against a strong.
However, not being able to play against rivals from the same country in the round of 16 often ruins justice. Last year they classified the five English teams to the round of 16 and four of them were first in the group, and the only one that did not, Chelsea, because they could not play against their own group rival or with the other four first ones ( because they were from his country) -I was unfailingly destined to see the faces of Barcelona in Spain, as it happened. Chelsea was second behind Roma only by goal difference.
This year, the Atlético de Madrid for being second, again by the difference of goals, was destined to a rival of weight: because Real Madrid and Barcelona first of group could not face him, nor the Dortmund that won its zone. His rivals could be Bayern Munich, Manchester City, PSG, Juventus (as indeed it happened), and to a lesser extent Porto de Portugal. His luck was sentenced and instead of 7 possible rivals, he practically had four insured, which takes away the excitement of the draw, because some clubs are already sentenced before leaving the ballroom spheres.
We are sure that, without conditions, the draw for the round of 16 would bring us matches of sudden death in an average phase of the tournament, but at least no team would know their luck beforehand, taking as a base the teams of their country that also They qualified and their other challenger classified first. Maybe we could even see a Barcelona vs. Real Madrid if one of the two qualifies as a second, as it happened with the merengue cast in the two recent editions (2016-2017 and 2017-2018) in which he ended up raising 'La Orejona'.
LatinAmerican Post | Onofre Zambrano
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