Paris Saint-Germain’s thrilling victory over Borussia Dortmund last March to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League seems like so long ago but fortunately, details about where the tournament will be played and the format are starting to emerge.
According to L’Equipe, the Champions League will resume on August 12, and end on August 23, with the quarter-final, semi-final, and final all being played in Lisbon, Portugal. The José Alvalade Stadium and Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica will be utilized with the latter hosting the final. Istanbul was the original host city but due to the coronavirus, they will now host the 2021 final.
The format will deviate from the traditional two-legged ties and go to single-elimination, which could benefit a team like PSG who will play no league matches and will be much fresher than their potential opponents from one of Europe’s top leagues who are concluding their domestic season.
Of course, there are still a few Round of 16 matches to conclude, including the tie between Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus FC. Details about where to conclude those fixtures are still very much to be decided.
Prior to the shutdown of football due to the coronavirus, Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Atlético Madrid, and PSG all qualified for the quarter-finals. There are still four other ties that need to be decided.
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