Why Rangers’ fate will be decisive in determining Milan’s Champions League path

By Oliver Fisher -

With Real Madrid’s victory over Borussia Dortmund, the picture regarding qualifiers for the 2024-25 edition of Champions League was also completed.

We explained all the changes to the format of the tournament during a feature a few months ago, with the main alteration being the shift away from the current group stage system, which is 32 team divided into eight groups of four.

From the 2024-25 season, 36 clubs will participate in the Champions League league phase giving four more sides entry into a single league competition with one big table. The teams will play eight matches in the new league phase and therefore will no longer play three opponents twice.

As MilanNews are reporting, the Rossoneri will either be in the second or the third tier. Everything will depend on the Scottish club Rangers, who in the UEFA rankings are the only team ahead of Milan who have not yet qualified directly.

They must go through the play-offs, and if they do get through then Milan will be in the third tier, otherwise they will take a place in the second tier.

The draw for the competition proper is on 29 August and the action itself gets underway over three days from 17-19 September, with the final at the Allianz Arena in Munich on 31 May 2025.

Corriere della Sera recently published a report on the prize money that is on offer and how much Milan will get as a minimum. ‘Super Champions League’ has a total prize pool of €2.5bn, which means €500m more than the previous version.

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  1. Most read and 0 comments? Nobody has anything to say? Like at all? Well makes sense because I haven’t read how the new UCL format works, only like the basic things about the new format. Y’know

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