"" That sounds even worse than the current system. The 3rd placed should have to qualify as they do now, with the 4th placed team going into 1st/2nd qualifying round.
I don't buy into this seeding system and the whole 'best teams must be at the latter stages cos it'll be the best games' argument. I would really love to see the whole thing done the same as the domestic cup competitions ie anyone can get anyone else in a straight draw. It'll never happen I know, but I'd love to see it just to see the end of the ridiculously inevitable group stages.