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Report: Real Madrid’s Champions League home leg against Liverpool could be played outside Spain

Spain’s COVID-19 protocols could lead to change in venue

Real Madrid v Atalanta - UEFA Champions League Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Early Friday morning, Real Madrid learned their next Champions League opponents as they were drawn against Liverpool for the quarter-finals of the competition.

Playing against an English club, however, could mean Zinedine Zidane’s squad will have to play their home leg outside of Spain due to the country’s COVID-19 policies, as reported by journalist Arancha Rodríguez.

“Until March 30, entry into Spanish territory of citizens from the United Kingdom is prohibited,” reported Rodríguez.

“If it extends, Madrid will not be able to play at home against Liverpool.”

At the moment, there are no foreseeable issues for the away leg in England.

“The second leg can be played in Liverpool. At least, according to the situation today because Spain is not on the red (black) list of countries with restrictions to enter the United Kingdom,” reported Rodríguez.

In a press conference after the Champions League draw, Zidane addressed the possibility of playing outside of Spain.

“We’ll play where we’re told. We’d prefer to play in the Estadio Di Stéfano, but we’ll see what they say,” he said.

No official decision has been made regarding a possible change in venue.