By Chineze Ogugua
Top Managers in Europe have called on the football governing body to scrap the away goals rule, citing that football has moved on since it was first introduced in the Winners’ Cup in 1965.
This agreement was made at the annual gathering of top coaches in Switzerland yesterday as they deliberated on how to move European club competitions forward. The meeting had in attendance Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, Arsenal’s Unai Emery, Napoli’s Carlo Ancelotti, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger.
They stressed that the rule which was introduced over 50 years ago, was counter-productive as it encouraged home teams to play defensive football to prevent a costly away goal.
The managers also suggested that the European transfer windows close at the same time prior to the start of the season so that all leagues can benefit from it.
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