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Covid-19: Champions League Returns This August

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The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played in August as a straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal the European football governing body has announced in a statement.

All eight teams left in the tournament will take part in a straight knockout streaks of matches from August 12 and 23.

The UEFA governing body announced on Wednesday that the remaining last-16 second-leg matches, including Manchester City vs Real Madrid, will take place on August 7 and 8.

Although, there is no clarification yet as to if those matches will take place at the respective host stadiums, or in Portugal, however, the body announced that a decision would be made before July 10.

The statement released on Wednesday explained that the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be split between Benfica’s Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting CP’s Estádio José Alvalade.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said they will decide by mid-July whether fans could be present at the respective Champions League and Europa League tournaments.

He said: “If I would answer today, we don’t think we could have spectators at the Champions League or Europa League finals, but things are changing rapidly.

“We will assess the situation at the beginning of July and we will see what the situation will be. It would be incompetent from us if we were to decide in advance about the situation.”

Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig are the four clubs who have already guaranteed their respective places in the last eight.

The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League has been on hold since Wednesday 11 March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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