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GENEVA (AP) — Even though a radical proposal to reform the Champions League has stalled Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys , European club leaders still want to pursue certain features of the plan.European Club Association leader Andrea Agnelli said Tuesday he still wants to see “fairer access” to UEFA competitions in the future and that the fight for eight-team groups in 2024 will continue. That’s despite failing to win support for the most controversial element of the ECA’s proposal — making the Champions League a largely closed competition by giving 24 of the 32 teams guaranteed slots to return — which has been stopped by resistance from some of his members and top national leagues.“It is a proposal on the table that is in the interests of all. And it is a good proposal,” Agnelli said after being re-elected European Club Association chairman for four more years.Still, he acknowledged the original plan “might not be the one that arrives first on the finish line.”The UEFA-led process will now likely take up to two years to reach a decision, after the ECA had hoped for agreement by December.Still, Agnelli struck a defiant tone a news conference after a two-day ECA meeting.“It (the reform plan) has made everybody engage that there is a requirement for change,” he said.The 169-club meeting had been planned to arm Agnelli and other ECA leaders for a potentially decisive UEFA-hosted meeting Wednesday with the European Leagues group. However, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin canceled the session last month because no agreement was in sight.Juventus and other storied elite clubs want eight-team groups to create a guarantee of 14 Champions League games per team. That is resisted by leagues in England, Spain, and elsewhere who fear their fixture dates and 20-team lineups being squeezed.ECA vice chairman Dariusz Mioduski cautioned against a “narrative spun by top-five leagues.” The Legia Warsaw owner also recognized the original plan had “a number of issues … which are not liked, maybe not liked by everybody.”Agnelli also singled out “greater participation from minor countries” as a priority, adding: “We will remain loyal and faithful to those principles.”The reform plan, worked on by UEFA and clubs, calls for a 64-team, third-tier competition by 2024. A block of votes from lower-ranked ECA members could outweigh reluctant clubs in the wealthier leagues.Agnelli suggested satisfying all clubs was not possible — and was not even the aim.Targeting a satisfaction rate of 70-80% of his members, Agnelli said the UEFA process would “find a solution that fits the majority, not all. All is impossible.”Final approval will be given by the 20-member UEFA executive committee which includes one delegate from the leagues Cheap Manchester City Soccer Shirts , but two from the ECA: Agnelli and Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.Al-Khelaifi is under investigation in French and Swiss criminal investigations but was given a renewed four-year UEFA mandate by his ECA board colleagues last month.“Why not him? We live in a world (where) we are innocent unless proven guilty,” Agnelli said Tuesday, describing Al-Khelaifi as “knowledgeable, competent, a professional.”Swiss federal prosecutors opened a criminal proceeding against Al-Khelaifi in 2017 for suspected bribery of a FIFA official before Qatar-based beIN Sports got renewed World Cup broadcast rights for the 2026 and 2030 tournaments.Since Al-Khelaifi joined UEFA’s decision-making body in February, French prosecutors filed a preliminary charge of “active corruption” regarding payments linked to Qatar’s bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships.The Qatari executive has not been charged and denies wrongdoing. He continues to run French champion PSG.Agnelli said other ECA officials were eligible for the UEFA seat “but we collectively as a board converged on the name of Nasser. He’s a tremendous professional.” Three games isn’t usually a big enough window to make cast-iron judgments about any team in the Premier League.Except, maybe, for Tottenham.It’s very early, sure, but something’s amiss at last season’s Champions League finalist.Two of the team’s best players, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, are currently not being picked. Mauricio Pochettino, the manager, has spoken about a team spirit and dynamic that is “far, far away from what we expect.” Then there’s the most recent result, a 1-0 home loss to a Newcastle team which had lost its first two matches.If any game can concentrate the minds Cheap Manchester United Soccer Jerseys , it is a game against a fierce local rival. So if Tottenham’s players cannot rouse themselves on Sunday for a North London derby against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, there really is a problem.The malaise stretches back to last season.The team’s run to a first ever Champions League final, as mind-blowing as the achievement was, somewhat glossed over a dramatic dip in form on the domestic front when Tottenham won only three of its last 12 Premier League games.Take those dozen games and add the first three from this season, and only two teams — Brighton and Watford — have fewer points than Tottenham’s 15 (four wins, three draws, eight losses).Some will argue this is a season too far for Pochettino, who had said ahead of the Champions League final that he might quit his job if his team beat Liverpool in the final in Madrid. Tottenham lost 2-0 in a fairly underwhelming game and Pochettino is now taking charge of his sixth season at the London club — making him currently the longest-serving manager to work solely in the Premier League.Have things just gone a bit stale, especially with Tottenham so inactive in the transfer market in recent years? The signings of Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso this offseason were the club’s first since January 2018, and none of them started against Newcastle on Sunday because of injury or a lack of fitness.If that is guesswork, there’s no doubting the issues with Eriksen and Vertonghen, who are two of Pochettino’s senior players.Eriksen has been a substitute for two of Tottenham’s three games this season and the team has missed the playmaker’s creativity and vision, improving immeasurably once he came on as a second-half substitute. Eriksen acknowledged during the offseason that he “might want to try something new” after six years at Tottenham and speculation persists that he could leave before the European transfer window shuts on Sept. 2.Vertonghen’s absence has come as more of a shock. The team’s most reliable defender, Vertonghen was left out of the 3-1 win over Aston Villa — the three goals were scored from the 73rd minute, after Eriksen’s introduction — for what Pochettino said were “tactical reasons.”Vertonghen has stayed on the bench against Newcastle and for the 2-2 draw at Manchester City the previous weekend Cheap Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Jerseys , when City had 30 shots and Tottenham scored from both of its shots on target.“I cannot pick more than 11 players,” Pochettino said over the weekend, explaining the omissions of Vertonghen and Eriksen.There are also issues at fullback, which has been a key area of Pochettino’s team. Right back Kieran Trippier left for Atletico Madrid, where he has made an impressive start to the season, and 22-year-old replacement Kyle Walker-Peters got injured against Newcastle. There has been uncertainty over the future of left back Danny Rose, too.Because of Eriksen’s absence, striker Harry Kane has been dropping deeper — his average position against Newcastle was nearer the center circle than the penalty area — to help with the build-up of play, which limits his effectiveness. His two goals this season came against Villa, in the 86th and 90th minutes.Tottenham hasn’t been helped, either, by the recent absence of attacking midfielder Dele Alli, although he might be back for a game against Arsenal which suddenly has more riding on it than simply local bragging rights.It’s a big three days for Tottenham. A derby against Arsenal on Saturday, followed by the final day of the European transfer window on Monday when the immediate future of Eriksen, Vertonghen and maybe others will be resolved.
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