Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher told UEFA she was making a big mistake in approving the rule change
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes UEFA made a mistake in removing the away goals rule from their competitions.
As reported earlier this week, the UEFA Club Competitions Committee made the decision on Friday after meeting ahead of this season’s all-English Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea in Porto and pending approval by their executive committee, the change will now be approved. before next season’s competitions.
Carragher took to social media to voice his disagreement with the U-turn, recounting his 1.7 million Twitter Followers that UEFA “was making a big mistake” and claimed that “the away goals rule in Europe makes games so much more exciting.”
The 43-year-old, who made 737 appearances for Liverpool as a one-club man, was tagged in a thread by Omar Chaudhuri, the Twenty First Group chief intelligence officer from 2019, explaining some of the reasons he believed in away goals. rule must be observed.
Among a number of his points in the thread, Omar Chaudhuri said: “It is likely that the removal of the AGR will result in more overtime and penalties. 52% of the 44 games that were tied after 180 minutes have been decided by the AGR. It’s hard to do that. Knowing exactly how the behavior of the teams will change, but the extra delays will roughly double.
“13 of the 21 games that went to extra time were scoreless (and, at least from memory, usually pretty boring) and therefore went to penalties. Why would you want more?
UEFA first introduced the away goals rule in 1965 as a tie-breaker to encourage attacking play by visiting teams at a time when many teams were unfamiliar with playing styles or tactics. opposition when traveling and often trying to suffocate their hosts with a negative approach. .
Over half a century later, tactical innovations, changes in the laws of the game, and a sport that is more cosmopolitan in every way have seemingly eroded his need.
The rule has often confused those unfamiliar with how it works, although many commentators have been guilty of mistakenly stating that “away goals count double” in competition. European.
They never did, it’s just that the team that has scored the most away goals wins a tie if the aggregate scores are even.