Lisbon to host the remainder of the Champions League
Champions League knockout games are set to be played in August during a 12-day condensed tournament in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
The city will host the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final between 12-13 August 2020 with all ties played as single legs across two different stadiums in Lisbon – the Estadio da Luz and the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
UEFA’s Executive Committee is expected to approve the new mini-tournament at a meeting on Wednesday. However, the manner in which the four outstanding last-16 matches should be completed has yet to be decided.
Manchester City was due to play a second-leg match against Real Madrid on March 17 at the Etihad Stadium, leading 2-1 from the first leg in Spain. Chelsea, on the other hand, are 3-0 down from the home first leg of their tie against Bayern Munich.
While Pep Guardiola’s side is now favorites to progress to the quarter-finals – with two vital away goals secured – the Blues have their work cut out as they’ll have to score FOUR times without reply in Munich to make it to the last eight.
The four remaining round-of-16 matches will reportedly be played on 7 and 8 August with the mini finals tournament to kick off the following week.
The final will now be played in Lisbon after it was initially due to be played in Istanbul before COVID-19 disrupted sport across the globe. Turkey will be compensated with the right to host another final sometime in the future.
As things stand, all the matches would be played behind closed doors but if the Portuguese government were to alter its guidance in time for ticketing to be oorganisd while the situation with COVID-19 improves, then there is the possibility of some supporters being able to attend.
It is understood the Women’s Champions League will follow the same procedure, with Bilbao and San Sebastian in Spain likely hosts of the finals tournament.
Champions League last-16 ties still to play
Manchester City vs Real Madrid (2-1 after the first leg)
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (3-0)
Juventus vs Lyon (0-1)
Barcelona vs Napoli (1-1)
Already through: Paris Saint–Germain, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig