UEFA finally announces date for Champions League knock-out stage

UEFA confirmed June for the quater-final, semi-final and final for 2019/2020 season of UEFA Champions League competition will take place at Lisbon, Portugal in August.

According to UEFA the matches between the remaining 8 teams will be a straight knockout tournament and not the normal home and away ties we have been used to.

But UEFA is aware that the suspension of football in March meant that 8 clubs were not able to play the 2nd leg of their Champions League round of 16 matches.

After a meeting on the 17th of June, UEFA announced that those suspended fixtures will be played on the 7th and 8th of August, but they were undecided on whether to play those 2nd leg matches in Lisbon or play it in the homes of the teams that were away in the 1st leg.

Champions League round of 16 second legs (7/8 August)

Juventus vs Lyon (0-1)

Manchester City vs Real Madrid (2-1)

Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (3-0)

Barcelona vs Napoli (1-1)

Following a UEFA executive meeting on Thursday 9th July, it has now been decided that the 2nd legs of the suspended matches will not be played in Lisbon but at the home grounds of the four teams that were away for the 1st leg.

As we already know PSG, Atletico Madrid, Leipzig and Atalanta have all booked a place in the Champions League quater-finals. They were able to complete their round of 16 home and away matches before the enforced break.

So what does this mean for Chelsea? It is obviously not a good news for Frank Lampard and his men, having been beaten 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.

Lampard may have been hoping that a match in a neutral venue might give his team a good opportunity to surprise their opponent and make a shocking come back. But that is no longer going to be the case, Chelsea must now find a way to win at Munich to stand any chance of progressing to the quater-finals.

Of course the Chelsea manager was part of the Chelsea team that celebrated a Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich at their home ground in 2012. He will be hoping that the God of soccer who was on their side that night in 2012 will be there again in August.

But with Lewandoski on a mission to win the next Ballon d’Or award, it will be an almost impossible task for Chelsea even if the God of soccer is on their side come August.

What do you think the score will be? Can Chelsea do the impossible and come back from 3-0 down?

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