UEFA confirm CL seeding change

UEFA are to change how the Champions League is seeded with the winners of the highest-ranked Leagues to be the competition seeds.

The tournament is currently seeded based on performance in European competition over the last five years but new measures are to be introduced, the governing body confirmed.

As well as the winners of the seven highest-rated Leagues, the holders will be seeded as well.

“People had difficulties in understanding how the champion of a country is in a lower pot than the third-ranked in that country,” UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told the BBC.

“This will give another dynamic with the draw and in the way the groups are composed.”

The changes would have seen Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as domestic and European champions respectively, seeded for this season, but not Barcelona.