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Opinion: A mini-tournament UCL could be the best chance for teams like Man City to win it

The Champions League is set to take place within a period of 2 two weeks (Getty Images)
The Champions League is set to take place within a period of 2 two weeks (Getty Images)

Why a mini-tournament Champions League could be the best chance for the smaller teams to prove a point

In a recent news update from Bild (h/t Standard), the Champions League and the Europa League are likely to return in a mini-tournament format.

The tournament is likely to happen in either of Lisbon, Frankfurt or Moscow, and could be completed within a duration of 2 weeks. The UEFA are set to give fans an update soon.

The Champions League is set to take place within a period of 2 two weeks (Getty Images)
The Champions League is set to take place in world cup style over a two week period (Getty Images)

As it stands RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and PSG have qualified for the quarterfinals, with four more slots yet to be filled. Juventus are to play Lyon, with the latter holding a one-goal advantage after the first leg. Real Madrid are playing Manchester City, who won away from home 2-1.

Chelsea are scheduled to play Bayern Munich, who thrashed Chelsea 3-0 and Napoli will play Barcelona, who drew 1-1 in the previous leg.

Why the mini-tournament could be open up the chances for unlikely winners

The short one-legged rounds can be an advantage to smaller teams, with no home and away games as well as the tournament likely to be held in a single city. This could be a high motivation for the smaller teams and teams that haven’t won the UCL before. For PSG, the Ligue 1 is won and this means that they can turn their focus to winning the Champions League.

Manchester City, for example, can benefit from this type of tournament. For some reason, Pep Guardiola has not been able to win the Champions League at the Etihad. Winning the UCL takes something more than just a brilliant team. An X-factor is needed to win it. So this could be an ideal set-up for the Cityzens to push for the Champions League given that the league title is done and dusted.

The one-legged format also means that there is no second chance to make up and it is all about how the team performs on that day. The clubs will want to be at their prime and give it their all.

Manchester City are yet to play their second leg of the knockout stage against Real Madrid (Getty Images)
Manchester City are yet to play their second leg of the knockout stage against Real Madrid (Getty Images)

So all teams will be looking out to go and give their best shots and try to progress further in the tournament, and teams that have not won it before will be eyeing this as their best opportunity to go forward and aim to win the title.

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