In speaking with Le Journal du Dimanche, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin spoke on his plans to add a ‘final four’ competition to the Champions League, similar to the straight knockout rounds seen in 2020 due to the pandemic. Čeferin explained that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is in favour, while, in the same interview, he reiterated his disdain for plans to make the World Cup a bi-annual event, deeming the idea “complete nonsense”.
“We have not yet discussed it in a concrete way because of the pandemic, which has forced us to focus on the day-to-day, but my opinion is that it would be great. I have raised the subject with certain club presidents, including Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, and they agree. Football is bigger than the NFL, but the Super Bowl is a major event. The equation is simple, to compensate clubs for losses related to the fact that there would be no home game revenue in the semi-finals. It is possible to do.”
However, the Slovenian doubts these reforms can introduced ahead of the 2024/25 season, when the Champions League will undergo a major overhaul, conceding: “I doubt it can be done too quickly.”