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With the Champions League having been suspended since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA is making plans for the Champions League to resume in August.
UEFA is reportedly considering completing the 2019-20 Champions League campaign with a mini-tournament, and Lisbon is one of three options to be the host city.
According to reports from German media outlet Bild, UEFA is assessing plans to play out the competition in a localised mini-tournament from the quarterfinal stage onwards amid concerns that Istanbul, which was due to host the final last month, will no longer be able or willing to stage the competition’s final.
With international travel into Turkey still restricted and concerns among local authorities about the financial burden of staging a Champions League final without 100,000 visiting fans, UEFA has been forced to draw up contingency plans for the staging of the final, sources have told ESPN.
UEFA will have a meeting on Wednesday, June 17, to make their final decision regarding the Champions League. The governing body is expected to confirm plans to hold the final stages of the competition in one city, likely Lisbon, in a truncated spell in mid-August when domestic leagues have finished.
However, there is an expectation that the outstanding round of 16 games will be allowed to take place at their originally scheduled venues, meaning Chelsea would still need to travel to Bavaria to complete their tie.
Today’s meeting is also to clear the air on whether new players can play with their new teams, but UEFA will more likely kick out that request so it won’t be a problem in the future.
We’d bring you more updates from the meeting.