Petrescu believes Scottish champions deserve a group stage place in the UCL

The CFR Cluj manager, Dran Petrescu, believes Scotland and Romania’s league winners should go straight to the group stage of the Champions League.

After defeating eight-in-a-row Scottish champions Celtic, CFR Cluj manager Dan Petrescu has asked UEFA for a direct place into the group stage of the Champions League.

The former Chelsea footballer believes Scotland and Romania’s league winners should qualify directly to the competition instead of having to play each other in the qualifying round.

“For my club, it’s unbelievable because we won against Astana – a better club with more money – then we beat Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel – a better club with a better budget – and now we’ve beat Celtic,” he told talkSPORT.

“But now to qualify for the group stage we have to win against Slavia Prague and in my opinion, it’s too much.”

“To play four rounds before you arrive in the group stages, I don’t understand the rules. For UEFA, I don’t understand why Celtic should also play the preliminary rounds,” he added.

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“We’ve won the league the last three years in Romania and we work so hard to win the league but the next season you can still go out [of the Champions League] straight away, I don’t understand.”

“I think Romania and Scotland deserve their champions to go directly to the group stage,” Petrescu concluded.

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