UEFA’s two biggest tournaments will return in August after the COVID-19 enforced break. The draws will be that of the quarter-finals and semi-finals fixtures.
Four teams have been confirmed in the Champions League. The likes of Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, and Paris Saint-Germain have all confirmed qualification to the quarter finals with Chelsea, Bayern, Barcelona, Napoli, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus, and Lyon still battling for a quarter final spot.
The Europa League sees 16 teams still vying for a spot in the quarter final stage.
COVID-19 has re-shaped the world and football is not exempted from this. The Champions League and Europa League won’t be completed in normal fashion. The quarter final and semi-final stage in both competitions will be single-legged rather than the usual two-legged affairs.
The Champions league matches will be hosted in Portugal while the Europa matches will take place in Germany.
Sporting Lisbon Estadio Jose Alvalade and Benfica Estadio da Luz will host the Champions league matches with the final to be played at Estadio da Luz.
The Europa League will be hosted in Koln’s RheinEnergieStadion, Duisburg’s MSV-Arena, Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena, and Schalke’s Arena AufSchalke.
The final will take place in Koln’s RheinEnergieStadion.
Manchester City and Bayern Munich are considered favourites to win the Champions League with free scoring team Atalanta tipped to spring one or two surprise.
Champions League mini-tournament dates
Quarter-finals: August 12 – August 15
Semi-finals: August 18 – August 19
Final: August 23
Europa League mini-tournament dates
Quarter-finals: August 10 – August 11
Semi-finals: August 16 – August 17
Final: August 21
The UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals Draws
Real Madrid / Manchester City vs Lyon / Juventus
RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid
Napoli / Barcelona vs Chelsea / Bayern Munich
Atalanta vs Paris Saint Germain
The UEFA Champions League Semi-finals Draws
Real Madrid / Manchester City or Lyon / Juventus vs Napoli / Barcelona or Chelsea / Bayern Munich
RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta vs Paris Saint Germain