In at least some quarters, the Europa League is still found lacking in prestige. A shame. So I wonder: Could one feasibly merge both European club competitions? Say with those who've secured what are presently EL and CL qualifying berths having to play additional knock-out rounds before encountering the more successful teams? I suppose that if one were to do away with the group stage and make such a revamped CL a pure knock-out tournament, you'd manage to schedule games to make such a tournament workable. I suppose one obstacle might be that at present, the group stages guarantee a club a larger base sum than might be the case in a pure knock-out tournament. Though perhaps one could fashion things in such a way that this isn't such an issue. Too me, such a tournament seems more attractive than the present EL/CL split. Any team, no matter at what stage it enters the tournament would have the chance to climb to the very top of European football. That alone would make an otherwise obscure EL pairing a more attractive game to watch, methinks! So, do you think such an EL/CL merger and conversion to a pure knock-out tournament make sense? In sport-terms and financially? I like the idea. Am I missing something?