UEFA have announced the details for the remainder of the 2019-2020 Champions League season, confirming that the European competition will be completed and crown a new champion on August 23rd in Lisbon. The previous Champions League Final was set to take place in Istambul.
The Quarterfinals, Semifinals and the Final will be played in a single-game ‘Final 8’ format starting on August 12th.
There are four games left in the Round of 16 and those will likely be played behind closed doors in the stadiums of the teams who still had to play at home: Manchester City —vs Real Madrid—, Barcelona —vs Napoli—, Bayern Munich —vs Chelsea— and Juventus —vs Olympique Lyon—. However, UEFA did not confirm such extent and that means that those four games could also happen in Lisbon. They will be played on August 7th and August 8th, according to UEFA.
A decision is pending on whether the four remaining round of 16 second legs, to be played on 7/8 August, will take place at the home team’s stadium or in Portugal.#UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 17, 2020
Real Madrid still have to play the return leg of the Round of 16 against Manchester City. Los Blancos lost 1-2 at the Bernabeu and that means that their chances of going through and actually play in that Final 8 tournament are fairly slim, but it’s clear that Manchester City won’t have as big of a home-field advantage —if any— now that the games are played behind closed doors.
Furthermore, Real Madrid will have time to get ready for that return leg as La Liga will wrap up the 2019-2020 season next month. Coach Zinedine Zidane and the rest of the coaching staff will surely try to get their players ready for that game.
2019/20 UEFA Champions League schedule
7-8 August: Round of 16 second legs (venues to be confirmed)
12-15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)
18-19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)
23 August: Final (Lisbon)
All fixtures will kick off at 21:00 CET. The date for the quarter-final and semi-final draws will be communicated in due course; the exact match schedule will then follow.