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UK ambassador to Spain: “Real Madrid will be in a bubble in Manchester”

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Hugh Elliott talked to La Sexta and confirmed that the return leg will be played in Manchester.

Leganes v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

UK ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott talked to La Sexta’s Al Rojo Vivo and explained that Real Madrid will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine when they travel to Manchester to face Manchester City in the return leg of the Champions League’s Round of 16.

“There’s a list of exemptions for that quarantine and pro athletes feature in that list, but I must insist on the fact that they won’t have absolute freedom. Their movements will be monitored so that the game can happen, they will be in a bubble to minimize the risks,” said Elliott.

This will be similar to what the NBA is doing with their franchises. Real Madrid will likely go from the airport to their hotel with safety measures and they’ll stay in the hotel until it’s time to play the match at the Etihad Stadium, which will take place behind closed doors.

Furthermore, the players and the members of the staff will obviously be required to test negative for Covid before making the trip to Manchester.

The return leg will be played on August 7th at 21:00 CEST, with Real Madrid currently having a 1-2 deficit on aggregate they will need to overcome.