Champions League And Europa Leage Set For Mini-Tournament In August
By Mike Parrott
The Champions League and Europa League are set to return in just under two Months, in which the tournaments will be played like mini-tournaments over two weeks.
With the majority of the top five leagues in Europe having already started, and the Premier League returning tomorrow, many people have been asking about the European competitions.
With Wolves and Manchester United still in the Europa League, and Chelsea, and Manchester City still in the Champions League, the competition is still up for grabs for many English teams alike.
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Manchester City were 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 are 3-0 down from the home first leg of their tie against Bayern Munich.
According to Sky Sports, the Champions League will return in August and the Portuguese city of Lisbon will host the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final between the 12th and 23rd.
Two-legged ties will be scrapped, with all games played as single legs across two different stadiums in the capital city - Benfica's Estadio da Luz and Sporting's Estadio Jose Alvalade.
The Champions League final is heading to Lisbon, with UEFA planning an August 23 final to cap seven broadcast nights in a 12-day span of elite European teams playing knockout football.
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The Europa League is supposedly set to be played in Germany, either in Frankfurt or Dusseldorf.
UEFA is understood to be targeting a mid-October start for the group stages of the 2020-21 Champions League, traditionally when you would expect matchday three to start.
But how it reaches that point - and when the qualifying rounds take place - is an extremely complex problem to solve with many leagues likely to still be ongoing when the preliminaries are usually scheduled.