With the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, Europe’s football governing body might be forced to tweak it’s competitions format and a change in venue in a bid to conclude this season’s edition in August.
Lisbon has emerge as the favorite to host an eight team Champions League knockout in August upon approval by UEFA.
UEFA is planning to move the final of Europe’s prestigious club competition from Istanbul where it was originally scheduled to hold on May 30.
The Champions League has been put on hold since March because of COVID-19 but UEFA is looking at possible options of adopting a mini tournament to conclude the 2019/2020 season instead of the normal two legged affair.
This means the quarters, semis and final will be played in one venue albeit behind closed doors.
The same format will also be used for the Europa League if approved on June 17 when UEFA executive committee will make its decision. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal has emerged strong favorite to stage the mini tournament ahead of the likes of Spain, Germany and Russia because of its location as well as Portugal as a nation doesn’t have any representative anymore in the Champions League.
Lisbon is blessed with two stadia with the facilities required to host high-profile matches. The Estadio da Luz which is Benfica’s home ground that recently played host to the Champions League final in 2014 and Estadio Jose Alvalade which is the home of Sporting Lisbon.
Both stadia have hotels to
accommodate the required number of teams.
Portuguese league already resumed on June 3.
The Europa League final, which was due to be held in Gdansk, Poland on 27 May but looks likely to be moved to Germany.
The Champions League final date has been set to hold on 23 August while the Europa League final will take place on 21 August.