Alan Pardew believes that Tottenham Hotspur’s involvement in the Europa League led to Andre Villas-Boas’s downfall at White Hart Lane, and that qualifying for the tournament can only prove detrimental to a club’s Premier League form.
“I don’t think that playing in the Premier League on the Sunday after the Thursday night in Europe you can get to the required level. I’ve been saying that ever since Stoke warned me about it when we went in it.”
Since the birth of the champions league we have seen teams look with disdain at this competion that used to have some kudos 30 odd years back but the champions league has ruined European football in my opinion.
Three competions with more or less equal prestige and a straightforward knockout over two legs gave the games more meaning than the ridiculous TV mini league s we see in the competions now.
It isn’t going to happen in the champions league but maybe they could reshape the UEFA cup and seed it so smaller clubs get a guarantee of a big tie in the early rounds.
I used to the like the old format with the old cup winners cup and it’s a shame football is being ruined for the supporters to preserve the wealth of so few .
Pardew needs to remember that but he has fans who are dense enough to keep chucking the money at a lost cause and his attitude stinks given the home support they get and the money they generate.
How long before the gates start to fall when you hear attitudes like this from supposed big clubs?