Europe’s most prestigious competition will return in August after UEFA approved a mini-8 team tournament format to conclude the 2019/2020 season.
The Champions League will return on August 7, UEFA has revealed. The money spinning club competition has been on break since March due to COVID-19, UEFA has finally approved the plan to conclude it.
Aside the second leg of round of 16 games that are yet to be concluded, the quarter finals, semifinals and final will be played as a mini tournament in Portugal between August 12 – August 23 albeit behind close doors.
This implies that from the quarters to the finals, all games will be a one leg affair. The second leg of round 16 games will maintain it’s original format though venues yet to be confirmed.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal has been approved to play host to the mini tournament. The two stadia in the capital, Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Sporting Lisbon’s Jose Alvalade will be used to prosecute the tourney.
Champions League Dates As Confirmed By UEFA
August 7-8: Round of 16 second legs
(venues to be confirmed)
August 12-15: Quarterfinals (Lisbon)
August 18-19: Semifinals (Lisbon)
August 23: Final (Lisbon)
Second leg Games To Be Decided
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (3-0 first leg lead by Bayern Munich)
Manchester City vs Real Madrid (2-1 first leg lead by Manchester City)
Barcelona vs Napoli (1-1 first leg draw)
Juventus vs Lyon (1-0 first leg lead by Lyon)
French League champion PSG, Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Italy’s Atalanta and RB Leipzig of Germany have all booked their place in the quarter-final.