Frank Lampard joins calls to abandon Champions League reforms

Billy Gilmour has established himself in the Scotland Under-21 team

Billy Gilmour has established himself in the Scotland Under-21 team

The Former England midfielder believes the tournament is the "ultimate competition" and does not think that more matches will fit into the calendar.

Fsubstandard Lampard, the Chelsea supervisor, has expressed vehement opposition to Champions League reforms which he claims will lead to player burnout.

The European Club Association (ECA), representing more than 200 clubs, says it wants more matches and more teams involved when new formats are introduced from 2024.

"At the minute.I think the level is about right", Lampard told reporters during an event organised by the European Leagues umbrella organisation. I like the format personally as a manager now.

"If you ask me can you play more European games, I personally don't know where you fit them in amongst our busy schedule", said the former England worldwide. 'As a manager, you're thinking about how can you keep the team fresh, and it's a challenge with all the competitions we have now.

"At Chelsea, I'm training with the first team a lot and I've made a couple of appearances, so it can only get better if I keep going the way I have been".

The top tier would have been the new version of the Champions League but with 24 of the 32 teams keeping their places for the following season, breaking the tradition that qualification is achieved through domestic competition.

However, European Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson said some clubs were anxious about the potential success of the third competition.

"We have to remember that we are a sport first and foremost when we are discussing any development on any changes in the current system".

Marc Ingla, chief executive of French club Lille, told Reuters that clubs wanted more European games.

In response to the rejection of promotion and relegation, where most Champions League clubs would no longer have to qualify each year via their domestic leagues, Giorgio Marchetti, director of competitions for UEFA, said the Champions League must remain an "open competition".

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