Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his surprise at UEFA’s decision to change the seeding system for the 2015/16 Champions League.
The New system will give top seeding to clubs who have won their domestic leagues, as opposed to those with a good recent record in the Champions League, something that is likely to hit the Gunners perhaps harder than any other club.
The French manager, who has finished fourth with Arsenal on many occasions, feels that the change is unnecessary with the current strategy working well.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I think yes [it is a surprise], because the logic is not respected. Logic for me is when you play in Europe, [you should be judged on] the results in Europe.
I’m not really fighting it. Why? Because it will just make the seeding less interesting, because group one will have less significance. Will Maribor be in group one because they won the league, or in group two because they are in one of the second-best countries? After that, there’s no hierarchy anymore in the groups.
It’s not needed, because it’s a competition that works the best in the world and is the most admired and one that everybody wants to watch. For me, I was quite surprised that they did that, but we’ll see how it works. I think it will just make the seedings useless.
The Gunners have been in pot one for many years now due to their consistent performances over the past 17 years, but that is no longer going to be the case as UEFA have changed the seeding system and from next year the top pot will consist of the champions of the top seven leagues in Europe along with the holders of the trophy.
That run will surely come to an end next year, unless the Gunners can turn this season around and somehow clinch the Premier League title. What it will mean, though, is that pot one will have clubs like CSKA Moscow and better teams from better leagues like England and Spain will have a harder draw.
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