Real football, not the type of football you play with your hands... 1. The Champions League has turned into everything that's wrong with European football People always say that they would feel the same, even if they didn't have a personal bias. It's a train of thought that helps people to strengthen their part in a debate. But honestly, does anyone feel as though the Champions League is anything more than a tip of the cap to the big 4 leagues in Europe? The actual notion of this competition being for Champions is nothing more than a joke at the expense of actual league champions. Of course, I should qualify this by saying that I have a particular bias in this argument. Celtic now have to start the Champions League qualification process in the first qualifying round. And although they are seeded, have to play 4 qualifiers before the competition proper. That means that Celtic will play more Champions League games than the eventual champions of the competition, should they qualify for the group phase. More and more, this competition reeks of backhand deals that protect the status quo - it stinks. And all of that so that the team who finish 4th in the English, Spanish and German leagues don't have to play 1 qualifier? Bloody abhorrent.