The shoe will never be on the other foot though.They shouldn't be, if the shoe was on the other foot we would be saying exactly the same thing
So if you’re the champions of, say, San Marino you should get an automatic place in the group stage?They shouldn't, if you win the league you should get an automatic place.
Russians teams aren't that great and they get 3 CL spots, 2 of which are group spots, the system is created to prop-up the rich, powerful leagues. If we took one of the top country's spots, they would change the systemTeams play friendlies during the close season so I don't think they should complain about playing these qualifiers. Prove yourself a good European team and you would play less qualifiers. Scots teams regularly disappoint in Europe.