UEFA Champions’ League remaining fixtures will reportedly be completed in Portugal’s capital city Lisbon as football activities resume across Europe.
Lisbon, according to BILD, is set to host the rest of the European competition which will be staged in the format of a mini-tournament as UEFA hopes to get along with their calendar after the coronavirus pandemic shut down football activities.
The final was slated to take place in Istanbul on 30 May before it was postponed indefinitely with only four round of 16 fixtures played.
According to reports, Istanbul hosting without any fans in attendance will not be financially viable, hence, UEFA have decided that the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of Europe’s premier club competition will take place in one location.
Moscow and Russia had expressed interest but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is believed to have knocked the country back due to the high amount of coronavirus cases, while Germany, specifically Frankfurt, was also an option but the feeling was that it would give an advantage to the two Bundesliga sides.
Portugal will most likely cut the mark concerning there are few coronavirus cases there. Also, Lisbon possesses top-notch stadiums.
Meanwhile Portugal do not have any representation in the knockout stages, their number of coronavirus case is less concerning and the city of Lisbon also has two high-quality stadiums.
Benfica’s Estadio da Luz hosted the 2014 Champions League final won by Real Madrid, while the Estádio José Alvalade – home to Sporting CP – is another Lisbon ground rated five stars by UEFA.
UEFA will announce the host following a meeting on June 17 with the revised tournament expected to take place in August.
RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are all through to the last eight, with four of the last 16 second still legs to be played.