UEFA reportedly planning to stage Champions League and Europa League finals at the end of August
UEFA is reportedly working on plans to play the 2020 Champions League final on August 29.
The coronavirus pandemic has put football and the sporting world on hold, leaving competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League in a state of limbo.
getty The final of Europe’s premier club competition could be played on the final Saturday of August
European football’s governing body, UEFA, is due to meet on April 23 for further discussions on how to complete the 2019/20 campaign.
It’s becoming increasingly likely that domestic league could finish early. The Premier League are still hopeful of resuming the football but the latest reports suggest that clubs want the season finished by June 30.
However, the Daily Telegraph claims the idea is still to finish the season as a whole by the end of August, with all outstanding games played.
The report also states the Champions League final at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium would happen on the final Saturday of August, while the Europa League final in Gdansk would happen three days earlier (August 26).
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There have been discussions about provisionally playing the Champions League quarter-finals from July 28/29 and the latter stages of the competition would thus be played in August.
However, the remaining ties could be played as one-off matches after the end of the domestic seasons, which could see it potentially condensing into a mini-tournament.
Four of the eight Champions League quarter-finalists are already known, however, last-16 ties including Real Madrid vs Manchester City and Chelsea vs Bayern Munich are yet to be concluded.
The situation is more complex in the Europa League because all eight last-16 second-leg ties are still to be played, with two matches, involving Spanish and Italian teams, yet to play the first legs.
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