Andre Villas-Boas has criticised the regulations that allow teams such as Chelsea, who have been eliminated from the Champions League, to enter the knockout round of the Europa League as a consolation prize, the
Tottenham recorded a 3-1 win over Panathinaikos at White Hart Lane on Thursday to seal second place in Group J, two points behind Lazio but five clear of their Greek opponents. Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor, a Panathinaikos own goal and a late Jermain Defoe effort cancelled out Panathinaikos’ solitary strike to send Spurs through safely.
Chelsea cannot face Tottenham in the Europa League’s next round but if both teams qualify for the following stage, there is the possibility that the London rivals could be drawn to play each other. Villas-Boas however feels that if the sides who fail to escape the group stage of the Champions League are to enter the Europa League, they should do so at a later round.
“I think it’s extremely unfair. The clubs that should come down are the Champions League clubs that qualify for the last 16 and then are knocked out. That’s much fairer. You can’t give a bonus to teams who have failed,” Villas-Boas said.
He added: “In the situation as it stands, teams fail in the Champions League and are promoted to the Europa League, which is a massive bonus. This is not something which I’ve just invented yesterday – it’s something I said in UEFA meetings when I was at Porto. It’s up to them to decide, but I think it’s not fair.”
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