The major European football leagues have come to an end except for Serie A. The Italian league will end on August 2nd. Attention has now shifted to the European Cup tournaments: UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. These competitions were suspended after the COVID-19 pandemic escalated. These competitions will resume with the football’s project restart.
UEFA Champions League
The Union of European Football Association(UEFA) Champions League is set to return on 7th August. The fixtures will continue from where they left off. The games were at the round of 16. 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 7th and 8th the remaining round of 16 matches will be played. Next, on 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th the quarter finals will be played. Moreover, the semis are set to be played on 18th & 19th. Finally, the Final match will be played on 23rd August at Estadio De Luz, Portugal.
Second leg matches
Second leg matches will be played on the return date, 7th. Juventus Vs Lyon and Manchester City Vs Real Madrid. The old lady will be hosting Lyon at Turin. Juventus look forward to overturn a 0-1 aggregate. The French club took the lead at home and will focus on defending the lead to avoid being knocked out. On the other hand, Manchester City will be hosting Real Madrid. The Cityzens will be looking forward to extend the 2-1 aggregate lead. The English club are leading with two away goals and hope to secure a win against Madrid. Otherwise, Los Blancos will obviously be seeking a comeback at Etihad.
On the second day of the Champions League, 8th August, will be the second set of matches. The most anticipated match will be Bayern Munich`s. The Bavarians will be hosting Chelsea at Allianz Arena for their second match with a 3-0 aggregate. Moreover, 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, will have a mountain to climb to so that they are not knocked out. It is worth noting that Bayern has a tendency of scoring lots of goals against London clubs in the UCL. However, Chelsea has a chance to change this narrative. Whoever wins this clash will face either Barcelona or Napoli.
The Blaugrana side will face Napoli on the same day at Camp Nou. The two are at a 1-1 aggregate with Barcelona ahead on an away goal. On 12th, Atalanta will host PSG for the Quarter finals. Similarly, RB Leipzig will host Atletico Madrid for the quarters knockout on 13th. 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 resumes on 5th August. Above all, FC Kobenhavn will host Instanbul BasakSehir. BasakSehir are currently leading by one goal, a 0-1 aggregate.
- Shaktar Donetsk Vs Wolsfburg 2-1 aggregate
- Inter vs Getafe 0-0 aggregate
- Manchester United vs Lask Linz 5-0 aggregate
- Bayer Leverkusen will be hosting Rangers 3-1 aggregate.
- Sevilla Vs Roma aggregate 0-0
- Basel vs Eintacht Frankfurt 3-0 aggregate
- Wolves vs Olympiacos 1-1 aggregate
The winners of the round of 16 will meet at the quarters on August 10th and 11th. Moreover, the semifinals will be played on 16th and 17th. Above all, the final will be on 21st on the RheinEnergie Stadion, Cologne Germany. I bet you are looking forward to this and more as major European football leagues come to an end.
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