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UEFA considers seeding change

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

UEFA considers seeding change

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA is looking to change how Champions League clubs are seeded, though coaching adviser Sir Alex Ferguson thinks that’s not important.

Sir Alex, a two-time Champions League winner with Manchester United, says “I don’t necessarily think the seeding plays a great part” in group draws.

He chaired a two-day UEFA meeting of top coaches, who were told the format could change next season.

Currently, UEFA ranks clubs over five years of competition results – leaving national champions Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain among No. 2 seeded teams.

One option is guaranteed top-seeding to winners of high-ranked leagues.

Still, Sir Alex says “you take what you get and your performance is the most important thing”.

He was backed by Juergen Klopp, whose Borussia Dortmund team won their 2012-13 group as the fourth-seeded team.