For the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard rumors that the UEFA Champions League will resume in August after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, we have something more concrete that indicates that timing is accurate.
In an interview with Blic (via Culture PSG), the Director of National Associations at UEFA, Zoran Lakovic, discussed the complication situation involving the Champions League and how the competition may be completed this summer.
“We monitor the health situation in Europe and UEFA is fully aware of what is going on. We have several scenarios on how to continue the Champions League and the Europa League.”
“The current scenario, the one that we have revealed to federations and clubs, is that the competitions continue to the month of August, with the finals scheduled for the end of the month. It is a valid scenario and we are working on it.”
“We hope that this hypothesis will not change but, in this specific case, we have other alternatives that are ready. The goal is to end the season.”
These comments from Lakovic should comfort Paris Saint-Germain supporters who were worried the club wouldn’t get the opportunity to play in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after reaching that stage of the competition for the first time since 2016.
The tricky aspect of this plan that PSG must maneuver is the fact that the club’s last match against Dortmund was on March 11. If the Champions League resumes as expected in August, that means the players wouldn’t have played a competitive match for five months.
PSG won’t be able to return to training until June at the earliest and then they’ll have to prepare the best they can while they wait to see who they play in the quarter-finals.
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