Rosell: Reduce La Liga, expand CL

Sandro Rosell has reiterated his idea of seeing La Liga reduced while at the same time expanding the Champions League.

The Barcelona President revealed at a FIFA workshop last year that he would look favourably on reducing the size of domestic competition whilst enlarging Europe’s premier competition, something he touched upon during his current visit to the United States.

“I’m don’t want to create a European Super League in place of the domestic one, as I think the domestic League still has interest and will continue to do so with fewer teams.

“On the other hand, the Champions League would hold more interest if you added to it.

“La Liga should be reduced to 16 clubs and the Champions League should go from 32 to 64 teams,” he told assembled American journalists.

The US media also asked Rosell to comment on a report that leading economist Jose Maria Gay de Liebana conducted on the main European Leagues in which he said La Liga ‘only has five years of life left in it’.

“I don’t think La Liga will die within five years,” maintained Rosell. “It’s true that certain issues need to be addressed but we would be quite happy to sit down and talk to other clubs about the television rights from 2014 onwards.”

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