Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has spoken against the Premier League’s proposed Champions League play-off system.
Under the new system, the teams that finish fourth to seventh at the end of the season would compete in a semi-final and final, with the victors qualifying for the Champions League.
“I have to agree with (Everton manager) David Moyes,” said Benitez.
“He said what would it mean for a team like Tottenham if they finish fourth and, after a fantastic season, have to play a team who finishes seventh maybe 20 points behind just to keep the competition alive?
“To play three, maybe four fixtures, when you don’t have time with international football – when will you play, how can you play these games and what does it mean for the team that finishes fourth?
Benitez added: “Maybe we can do the same with the teams at the bottom of the table. If you finish fourth maybe you could play with the team who finished third from the bottom.
“Then during the whole season we can play 50 games and we don’t have to rest so that will be fantastic.
“We can be in the office analysing the fixtures and creating different schedules and different things and the players will be injured.
“If we continue playing games we will end up playing three games a week – which is fantastic for the television companies.
“We are playing too much now. They were talking about the 39th game being played in Asia so if we now play the play-offs we will be playing until the end of the century.
“I think we have to be realistic.
“We have too many injuries in all the European top sides because we play too many games, we have too many games during the year, too many competitions with the World Cup, Confederations Cup, African Cup and now we want to play more games.
“When? I don’t know when and I don’t see the point to play.
“If for example you have a fantastic season, say Aston Villa finish fourth and has to play seventh which finished 20 points behind it may be Birmingham.
“Or Liverpool has to play Everton fourth and seventh or fifth I think it will be a mess.
“So I think we have to continue with the team that finishes in fourth position and that’s it.”