The new proposed European Super League could have significant repercussions for the League Cup, according to the latest reports.
European football leaders have been in discussions about restructuring the Champions League competition.
There is a growing belief from within UEFA that an expansion, that would lead to the number of games increased from 13 to 17, will take place in time for the 2024 campaign.
The current proposal would see extra matches added into the competition, though this is yet to be formally agreed, adding to an already hectic schedule for England’s top clubs.
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Finding space in the football calendar could prove to be a major obstacle for any European widespread changes, which puts the League Cup in jeopardy, according to The Times.
With the Premier League’s ‘big six’ opposed to adding any more matches to the fixture schedule, they could be allured to drop out of the League Cup given the money on offer from UEFA.
That, as a result, could have a huge effect on the competition for those outside of Europe, with the League Cup suddenly becoming a very realistic route into the Europa League.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed and this is just one of multiple potential scenarios which are reported to have been discussed.
Another alternative is UEFA could adjust their Champions League calendar to find two of the four extra dates needed, by playing the last-16 games over two weeks instead of four, but the other two fixtures would need to be fitted in elsewhere in the season.
A variety of new formats have been suggested to accommodate extra Champions League games, such as having eight groups of six teams instead of four in the group stage would achieve that with four extra match dates, as would a French proposal of six groups of six teams.
However, UEFA’s priority has…