Samedov called the RPL Premier League Cup a worthy alternative to the Champions League
The former Spartak player noted that the Premier League Cup would be a good opportunity for Russian teams to compete for an additional trophy.
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The Premier League Cup may be of interest to a large number of viewers due to the lack of Russian clubs in European tournaments. This was announced to RBC Sport by former Spartak and Russian national team player Alexander Samedov.
“Personally, I am not against the revival of the Premier League Cup. A tournament will be added, which will be an additional opportunity to compete for another trophy. The tournament will attract Russian fans due to the lack of our teams in European competitions. Something needs to be looked at. And in such a situation, the Premier League Cup will be to the liking of the Russian audience, ”Samedov said.
Guberniev supported the idea of creating a new tournament for RPL teams
Earlier, Sport-Express reported that the leadership of the Russian Football Union (RFU) is considering the revival of the Premier League Cup in the Champions League format. According to the newspaper, in this tournament the teams will be divided into four groups – four in each – according to the places occupied at the end of the current RPL season. The top two clubs in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. The matches are scheduled to take place in the middle of the week, on the days when the matches of the European competitions are held.
The Premier League Cup was held only once – in 2003, Zenit St. Petersburg won the tournament.
On May 2, UEFA suspended Russian clubs from participating in international competitions under the organization’s auspices in the 2022/23 season.
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