The coronavirus pandemic has forced organizers to push back the UEFA Champions League final from May 30 to June 27 in Istanbul, Turkey.
While a tentative date has been set, no one really has a clue as to when the competition will resume and how the latter stages will play out.
The issue is that the domestic leagues across Europe need to conclude as well and UEFA needs to figure out a way to squeeze in the Champions League matches without overwhelming the players. Making planning even more difficult is the uncertainty of the global health crisis we’re all dealing with at the moment.
In regards to the remainder of the Champions League, it was rumored that from the quarter-finals forward, the ties would be decided after one match instead of two. If that didn’t work, the competition could go to a “Final Four” format for the semi-finals through to the finals.
While this plan would cut down on the number of games necessary to complete the tournament, reporting from Mundo Deportivo reveals that last Friday, clubs still competing in the Champions League and UEFA Europa League are not thrilled with this idea to change the format and would prefer the rules remain the same.
As things stand right now, there are four matches that need to be played to conclude the Round of 16: Juventus FC vs. Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea FC, and FC Barcelona vs. Napoli.
After that, there would be seven games that would need to be played in order to complete the Champions League and only a handful of clubs would be impacted.
When you look at it this way, you have to agree with the teams that are still alive that a drastic change to the format isn’t necessary. In my opinion, it would taint the eventual winner’s accomplishment because they wouldn’t have had to play as many games on their path to the title.
For the first time since 2016, Paris Saint-Germain are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 3-2 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund and for those who use this betstar bonus code, PSG are one of the favorites to win their first title in club history.
Both finalists from last year are already out (Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur) of the competition and either Manchester City or Real Madrid will follow them out next once play resumes.
The Champions League is wide open and regardless of the format that is decided going forward, PSG will be ready.
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