UEFA is expected to ratify plans to complete the 2019/2020 Champions League this August by hosting a 12-day ‘Final Eight’ tournament in Lisbon.
Reuters International has announced that the plan is the preferred choice for UEFA to complete its flagship competition, to be voted on by the UEFA Executive Committee tomorrow.
The governing body of European football has officially ‘gained agreement’ with rival clubs about how to finish the competition.
The Champions League continues with the Premier League pair Man City and Chelsea FC fulfilling their ‘last 16’ ties against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.
For the meantime, Juventus and Barcelona will be winners of Series A and La Liga to complete their last 16 ties against Olympique Lyonnais and SC Napoli.
Timed for August 12-15, UEFA will then host quarter-final ‘single-leg’ games at the Lisbon venues of Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Jose Alvalade Stadium in Sporting Lisbon.
UEFA plans to complete the final of the Champions League by 23 August, thereby preventing a collision with the September kick-off of major European football leagues.
The final eight tournament will take place under the Portuguese government’s public safety rules, which will see matches usually played behind closed doors. It is known that UEFA has left the door open for future changes should the circumstances of public health in Portugal allow.
Paris St Germain, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig are teams that have already qualified for the quarter final rounds.
In the meantime, UEFA has also introduced a Final Eight format for the Europa League, to be played in Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen and Cologne, Germany.
Currently, UEFA hopes to launch the European football season next year by staging the UEFA Super Cup final in Budapest on 24 September.