The draw for the Champions League quarterfinals was drawn
Four months after the last game of the Champions League, this Friday an atypical raffle was held (the representatives of the clubs – with some technical problems involved – they were connected by videoconference) of the unprecedented ‘Final 8’ with which UEFA plans to decide in August its maximum club competition.
The first of the crosses marked the winner of the key between Real Madrid and Manchester City (The English prevailed in the first leg 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu) will go to the winner between Juventus and Lyon (The French defeated the Italians 1-0 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais).
Another interesting key will be the one that will feature several of the candidates to keep the Orejona. He who is victorious between Napoli and Barcelona (they tied 1 to 1 in San Paolo) will collide in the next instance against the winner of Chelsea-Bayern Munich (The Germans thrashed 3-0 at Stamford Bridge).
Those who have already been defined are those who will star in RB Leipzig against Atlético Madrid del Cholo Simeone (they knocked out the champion Liverpool) and Atalanta, one of the « Cinderellas », with Paris Saint Germain Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.
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THE TABLE OF ROOMS: (from August 12 to 15):
1- Real Madrid or Manchester City vs Juventus or Lyon
2- Leipzig vs Atlético Madrid
3- Napoli or Barcelona vs Chelsea or Bayern Munich
4- Atalanta vs PSG
The semifinal crossings were also defined (they will be played on August 18 and 19). The winner of key 1 will go against that of 3 and on the other side of the table the winner of 2 will be measured against that of 4. In this way, Barcelona and Real Madrid could see each other in a hypothetical semi-final.
The last match so far of the 2019/20 Champions League was on March 11 with the 2-0 from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to Borussia Dortmund, in a Princes’ Park no longer public, and which allowed the French to qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time in four years. That same night, the reigning champion Liverpool was eliminated and without the possibility of revalidating his crown after being eliminated by Atlético de Madrid against 52,000 fans at Anfield, a crowd that British scientists later considered an accelerator of the pandemic in the United Kingdom.
In a few days, football was suspended across Europe and only in mid-June was UEFA able to announce the final format for its lighthouse tournament and main source of revenue: before the pandemic, the gross revenue of its competitions was estimated this season they would amount to 3,250 million euros (3,690 million dollars).
PENDING KEYS AND DATES:
In the Champions League, Atalanta and RB Leipzig are already classified along with the aforementioned PSG and Atlético de Madrid. The other four heats must still play their return matches:
Juventus 1-0 Lyon
Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid
Bayern Munich 3-0 Chelsea
Barcelona 1-1 Naples
The calendar provides for those crosses to be played between August 7 and 9. Then the rooms final will be from 12 to 15, the semifinals the 18 and 19 and the final August 23. All these matches will be a single match, not round trip, as in the other editions.
The plan is to celebrate in Lisbon an unprecedented ‘Final 8’ with the eight teams qualified for the quarterfinals. The final is scheduled at the Estadio da Luz in the Portuguese capital on August 23. The quarterfinals and semifinals would be divided between the Benfica stadium and the Sporting stadium, the José Alvarade Stadium.
For his part, the rematch matches of the round of 16 that are still pending will be played in the stadiums of the teams that must be local. In this way, Barcelona will host Naples at the Camp Nou, Manchester City will face Real Madrid at Etihad, Juventus will do the same against Olympique Lyon in their stadium and Bayern will play at home against Chelsea.
The temple of Benfica already hosted the final of the Champions League in 2014, when Real Madrid defeated its neighbor Atlético in front of 65,000 spectators, but now the matches will be played behind closed doors, except for last-minute changes as announced by UEFA this Thursday. , because the arrival of fans from different parts of Europe could provoke a new wave of propagation of COVID-19.
The final is scheduled at the Estadio da Luz in the Portuguese capital on August 23 (.)
The Europa League he has yet to complete the table of the clubs that will play their final phase because the competition was interrupted in eighths and there are two heats, Inter Milan-Getafe and Seville-Rome, who did not even play their first leg.
Both will be resolved in a single party. The others who did play the first leg are LASK-Manchester United (0-5), Eintracht Frankfurt-Basel (0-3), Istanbul Basaksehir-Copenhagen (1-0), Wolfsburg-Shaktar Donetsk (1-2), Olympiakos-Wolverhampton (1-1) and Rangers-Bayer Leverkusen (1-3).
The calendar provides for them to be played on August 5 and 6. Then the rooms The final will be on 10/11, the semifinals on August 16/17 and the final in Cologne on August 21.
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