Inter boss Thohir pleads for super-sized Champions League

After AC Milan director Umberto Gandini suggested the introduction of wildcard entries to the competition to allow them to compete, Inter have followed suit with a similar idea

Inter president Erick Thohir has followed AC Milan in suggesting supersizing the Champions League to ensure all of Europe’s traditional super powers participate.

Earlier this week Milan were widely ridiculed after the club’s director Umberto Gandini claimed the club should be allowed to play in the tournament as a wildcard entry because of their standing within the game and former successes.

Uefa responded by ruling out the prospect of a grand scale reform of the competition, but that hasn’t stopped Thohir – whose Inter side are competing in the Europa League in 2014-15 – from pushing for change.

“Italy, England, France and Spain are the biggest countries in the sport,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Getting in the Champions League for the clubs in these nations is very important; it gives them even greater visibility.

“At the same time we must respect states such as Ukraine, Azerbaijan and others who are desperate to compete in Europe. 

“The Europa League is increasing the number of participants in the competition. Why can we not super-size the Champions League?

“Fans around the world would like to see the big teams play in Champions League, so I do not see why we should not increase the number of teams.”

Inter (three) and Milan (seven) have lifted the competition 10 times between them in their history but have both suffered falls from grace in recent years.

The two clubs failed to qualify for the Champions League this season after Juventus, Roma and Napoli finished in the top three places in Serie A. 

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