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What every current ‘Big Six’ manager thinks about European Super League plans

Premier League fans are in uproar after plans for a European Super League were revealed on Sunday night.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool have all signed up to be 'founder clubs' for the new breakaway competition.

The Premier League has threatened to boot out any clubs willing to join the new league, which they cannot be relegated from.

Fans are fuming with the proposals, which were announced via social media late on Sunday.

The plans are unlikely to be well received by Premier League managers either, as they will potentially be ousted from the Champions League as well.

But what have the different managers said about the plans? Here's a breakdown of what each first-team coach has said.

Arsenal – Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked about the plans after Sunday's draw with Fulham, but was reluctant to comment.

However, speaking last year when plans were first announced, Arteta called for unity.

"It's like a new format is coming every three or four days," he said.

"There will be more coming out very soon. Again I ask for some unity here, defend the interests of everybody like has been the case in the UK.

"That's what has made this league so unique – if things have to evolve in one way or another let's try to do it and find the right solution."

Chelsea – Thomas Tuchel

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  • Thomas Tuchel has only been at Chelsea since January, and is likely to be asked about the plans later this week.

    The German boss wasn't asked about the proposals on Saturday after Chelsea's win over Manchester City in the FA Cup, but previously stated that he believed football was "for the fans".

    One of the biggest criticisms of the plans is that fans will be forgotten about.

    Speaking after last season's Champions League final he said: "Football is for the fans. We do all this together."

    Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp

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    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a firm opposer to the plans, having previously stated his disapproval with the idea.

    He said two years ago: "I hope this Super League will never happen.

    "With the way the Champions League is now running, football has a great product, even with the Europa League.

    "For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams.

    "Of course, it is [financially] important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?”

    Manchester City – Pep Guardiola

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    Manchester City are yet to sign up to the European Super League, though it has been suggested that they could opt to join at a later date.

    And Pep Guardiola previously stated that he believed any proposal would have to retain the quality of the various domestic leagues.

    "I have the feeling we cannot lose the local leagues, what it means for the FA Cup, the leagues," he said.

    "What we should do is make every single league in Europe stronger than what it is, less teams, better championships, better League One, better League Two, better Premier League with less teams in every competition. Go to the quality over quantity.

    "To make a super Premier League, you have to reduce the teams, but we cannot kill the lower divisions or the Premier League itself."

    Manchester United – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the proposals after Sunday's win over Burnley, but refused to give too much away.

    The Norwegian manager insisted the matter was one for the club to comment on rather than himself.

    "I am dealing with the news this afternoon, the speculation," Solskjaer said.

    "I don’t think it is for me to comment on now. We just have to wait and see what happens.

    "As I have said, I have seen the speculation or news this afternoon. I can’t comment.

    "It is an issue for the clubs to comment on."

    Tottenham – Jose Mourinho

    Tottenham's involvement in the European Super League came as a surprise to many, considering Spurs' last league title came in 1961.

    However, they put their name to the proposals and have joined the group of clubs potentially breaking away from the Premier League.

    Jose Mourinho is yet to comment directly on the plans, but previously refused to discuss the proposal.

    When asked about it earlier in the season, Mourinho insisted the matter was one for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to comment on instead.

    "I leave it for Mr Levy," Mourinho said.

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