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Champions League to scrap away goals rule?

UEFA are set to review the rule after meeting top coaches

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European football could be set for some big changes after some of the continent’s top coaches called for a review of the away goals rule.

Coaches such as Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone, Jose Mourinho, Unai Emery, Julen Lopetegui, Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel were all at a meeting where it was discussed.

Uefa deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti subsequently confirmed the governing body are going to have a look into it.

“The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past,” he said.

”They think the rule should be reviewed and that’s what we will do.”

Source | BBC Sport

The rule is pretty simple and relates to two-legged games ending in a draw. In that case the winner is decided by the team who has scored the most away goals.

It was introduced way back in 1965 when playing away matches in Europe was more difficult and intimidating.

That is hardly the case anymore, and the coaches were also reportedly concerned the rule encourages home teams to adopt a more defensive approach.

What do you think about the away goals rule? Should UEFA look to do away with it? Or are you a fan? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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