They’ve changed the competition format for this edition, expanding the comp to 40 teams.
10 groups, only first place from each group is guaranteed to advance. 3 best runners up from each side also progress. That means two groups in Sydney’s half of the draw will only have one team advancing.
Why do I feel like Sydney are locked in to finish 2nd but not do enough to progress?
I’d love to have a crack at the other AFC tournament (AFC cup?) just so we can play some different teams for a change. I always like watching the Europa league for all these weird and wonderful teams we get to see. I’d imagine it would be the same story
Colour me jaded, but in a hub style groupstage on neutral territory, whats the point of 6 games each?
Also, the seedings seemed strange, shouldnt the top 5 eastern rankings get 1 team each as a seed one? Korea china japan thailand australia, or is that too European in thinking? Sydney instead got relegated to pot 4 with the other qualifiers, even behind teams that never featured in acl before.