UEFA Champions League Knockout Rounds to be Held in Lisbon
According to a plan which will be conferred to the executive committee for confirmation on Wednesday, UEFA is determined to complete the Champions League with a ‘Final Eight’ tournament held over 11 days in Lisbon.
A source with knowledge of conversations among clubs and European soccer’s governing organization proclaimed that the proposal is awaited to be agreed upon after an agreement was seized on Monday.
Following the plan, the games, which ware halted in March due to the virus outbreak, will return with the second leg of the remaining 16 games performed at the cataloged venues.
The single-leg quarter-final games are going to be played in Lisbon on four straight days from Aug. 12-15. The semi-finals will take place on Aug. 18 and 19 and the final on Aug. 23 in the Portuguese capital.
The games are likely to be shared between Lisbon’s two significant stadiums – Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Sporting Lisbon’s Jose Alvalade stadium.
Organizers are proceeding on the basis that will be played behind-closed-doors. Still, UEFA is understood to have left the door open for possible changes should public health conditions in Portugal allow.
The teams already qualified for the quarter-finals are France’s Paris St Germain, Italy’s Atalanta, Spain’s Atletico Madrid, and Germany’s RB Leipzig.
The remaining last 16 second-leg fixtures are Manchester City’s home leg against Real Madrid, Chelsea’s trip to Bayern Munich, Juventus’s game against Olympique Lyonnais, and Napoli’s tour to Barcelona.
Istanbul was due to host 2020 final but will now be the venue for the 2021 edition, with all other scheduled hosts moving back a year.
A similar format is going to be wont to decide the Europa League competition at German venues from Aug. 10.
The remaining 16 games will be held at neutral venues in Germany with the ‘Final Eight’ held in Duisburg, Duesseldorf, Gelsenkirchen, and Cologne.
Manchester United, AS Roma, and Inter Milan, are among the teams still involved within the Europa League.
The traditional opener to the ECU season, the UEFA Super Cup, is predicted to be held in Budapest on Sept. 24.