Incredible Proposal For Deciding Champions League Winner If Campaign Is Finished
Atletico Madrid president believes his side should be awarded the Champions League if the competition is not completed.
Diego Simeone's side knocked holders Liverpool out in the round of 16 with a 4-2 aggregate victory home and away just before the coronavirus outbreak prompted the competition to be halted.
And having seen Atleti lose in the final to rivals Real on two occasions, Enrique Cerezo thinks they are the rightful winners if the campaign does not finish behind closed doors.
As per 101 Great Goals, he said: "There are still a few knockout games left, the quarterfinals, the semis and the final. We understand that UEFA is trying to centralise all these matches in one city. There's been talk of Spain, Portugal.
"Nothing is known yet... However, what we have to pay attention to is that in the hypothetical case that the Champions League cannot be played because of the coronavirus.
"In that case, the champion should be the ones who beat the champion!"
Taking a leaf out of boxing and crowning a lineal Champions League champion would be quite something but it is looking as though Europe's premier club competition will be be played out in full.
Portugal's capital city of Lisbon are set to stage a mini-tournament from the quarter finals onwards in August.
Moscow had expressed interest but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is believed to have knocked the country back due to the high amount of coronavirus cases, while Frankfurt was also an option but the feeling was that it would give an advantage to the two Bundesliga sides.
Portugal do not have any representation in the knockout stages, their number of coronavirus case is less concerning and the city of Lisbon also has two high-quality stadiums.
#ManCity vs Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 second leg will be played on August 8 or 9, before an eight-team mini-tournament begins in Lisbon 48 hours later.
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Benfica's Estadio da Luz hosted the 2014 Champions League final won by Real Madrid, while the Estádio José Alvalade - home to Sporting CP - is another Lisbon ground rated five stars by UEFA.