The major European football leagues have come to an end except for Serie A which will end on August 2nd .Attention has now shifted to the European Cup tournaments: UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. This competitions were suspended after the COVID-19 pandemic escalated and are now set to return with the footballs project restart.
The UCL is set to return on 7th August as the fixtures of the matches continue from where they left off. The games were at the knockout round of 16 and the next two knock out rounds (quarters and semifinals) were already set. It is going to be a marathon from 7th August to 23rd August with a match almost every day. On 7thand 8th there will be the remaining round of 16 matches. On 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th will be the quarter finals and the semis on 18th & 19th .The Final will be held on 23rd August at Estadio De Luz, Portugal.
On the return date 7th, 2 second leg matches are set to be played. Juventus Vs Lyon and Manchester City Vs Real Madrid. Juventus will be hosting Lyon at Turin with a 0-1 aggregate. The French club took the lead at home and hope to defend to avoid being knocked out.Mancity will also be hosting Real Madrid, with a 2-1 aggregate. The English club are leading with two away goals and hope to secure a win against Madridistas who will obviously be seeking a comeback at Etihad.
On the second day of the UCL, 8th August, will be the second set of matches. The most anticipated match will be Bayern Munichs, who will be hosting Chelsea at Allianz Arena for their second match with a 3-0 aggregate. The Germans with 3 away goals are popular favorites for winning this trophy based on their form after the restart. Chelsea on the other hand, have a mountain to climb to avoid being knocked out. Bayern has a tendency of scoring lots of goals against London clubs in the UCL, Chelsea will have a chance to change this narrative. Whoever wins this clash will meet either Barcelona or Napoli who will be playing on the same day at Camp Nou. The two are at a 1-1 aggregate with Barcelona with an away goal. On 12th Atalanta will host PSG for the Quarter finals and on 13th, RB Leipzig will host Atletico Madrid for the quarters knockout. The next two games will depend on how the 4 round of 16 matches will end.
In the Europa league, the matches are set to return for the second leg of the round of 16 knockout stage. The competition will resume on 5th august with FC Kobenhavn hosting Instanbul BasakSehir with a 0-1 aggregate, Shaktar Donetsk Vs Wolsfburg 2-1 aggregate, Inter vs Getafe 0-0 aggregate and Manchester United vs Lask Linz 5-0 aggregate. On the second day, 6th August, Bayer Leverkusen will be hosting Rangers 3-1 aggregate, Sevilla Vs Roma aggregate 0-0, Basel vs Eintacht Frankfurt 3-0 aggregate and Wolves vs Olympiacos 1-1 aggregate. On August 10th and 11th ,the winners of the round of 16 will meet at the quarters then on 16th and 17th will be the semifinals and the final will be on 21st on the RheinEnergie Stadion, Cologne Germany.
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