Originally Posted by blake
coming in either first or second place is nothing to play for when there is a risk of being totally eliminated from the tournament. There would be a lot of anti-climactical last games.
also who decides which of the 3 teams in the group has to play their last match BEFORE the other two in the group play theirs a few days later? Nobody would want to be in that position. Being one of the two teams that play the final game in the group in a 3 team group is a massive advantage in qualifying.
Why do they play for first and second place in the current format of the WC and also in the Champions League then?,if it's no good,scrap it,teams are still being eliminated in this format,as they will be in the new format.
Being one of three teams who will play their final game before 2 others will make that game more competetive for that team,knowing it could be their final game,they will try harder to win,and also even more more determined to win their first game as well because of the knock on consequence of playing again before the other 2 play their last game.