Tuesday 11 December 2018

Jose Mourinho leads the chorus calling for the end of away goals in the Champions League

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is among the high-profile voices calling for the away goals rule to be scrapped in European club football.

Mourinho has stated in press conferences that he believes away goals are easier to score then they were in the past and carry too much weight in the knock-out stages of the Champions League and he has voiced his opinions at the annual meeting of the world's top coaches.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is in attendance at an event that features his successor as Gunners boss Unai Emery, as well as Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Napoli), Paulo Fonseca (Shakhtar Donetsk), Julen Lopetegui (Real Madrid) and Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain).

Uefa’s deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti has confirmed that the topic of the away goals rule is under discussion, as changes are considered to Europe's elite competitions.

"The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past, so they think the rule should be reviewed and that’s what we will do," Marchetti told reporters.

"They consider the situation in football has changed and the weight of the away goals is not the same as many years ago when the rule was introduced."

Talks over the dates of the transfer window across Europe are also on the agenda, after England moved its deadline forward to ensure transfers could not be completed during the Premier League season.

Spain, Italy and Germany all have transfer windows that close at a later date and there is a hope that a united position can be finalised.

"The coaches are of an opinion that there should be a unified window and the window should close before the competition starts,” added Marchetti. "The idea would be to try and bring them into line."

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