UEFA have outlined their plans for a conclusion to the Champions League campaign in August by compiling a provisional calendar for the remaining fixtures in the competition.
The Champions League was suspended inMarch, as it was half-way through the Round of 16 stages, due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, and there are still a number of matches to play at that stage, as well as the entire round of quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final, due to be played in Istanbul.
As things stands, there are still four second-leg Round of 16 matches which need to be played, namely: Bayern Munich vs Chelsea; Man City vs Real Madrid; Juventus vs Lyon; and, Barcelona vs Napoli.
This new development comes after UEFA met the relevant club bosses via video-conference yesterday, where everyone clearly expressed their desire to complete this year’s Champions League, and they also outlined for the remaining games of the competition to be played in August, starting with the four remaining last 16 matches, on the weekend of August 8.
Fans gathered outside the stadium in Paris when PSG faced Borussia Dortmund, despite the game being held behind closed doors.
However, uncertainty looms over the format to the latter stages of the competition and whether home-away ties are suitable for the current global climate, which could lead to single-leg matches held at neutral venues.
This would eventually help in reducing the risk of fans gathering outside despite the matches being held behind closed doors, which was the case in Paris, when PSG faced Borussia Dortmund before the suspension of the games.