The Champions League 2019-20, like other top football leagues in Europe, went on hiatus in March after the round of 16. With football leagues such as the Bundesliga, La Liga, and Premier League restarting, UEFA has put a plan in motion to resume the Champions League in a condensed finals stage.
The finals stage could take place in Lisbon as the last eight round to the final match is played out. Rather than have the teams in the quarterfinals and semifinals play two-legged ties, the clubs would play just a single match on neutral ground to determine which progresses.
The Champions League 2019-20 still has outstanding second leg matches to play. A decision on how the winners of those ties will be determined is in the making.
Istanbul is the other city competing with Lisbon for the right to hold the final stages of the tournament. Lisbon is seen as an ideal city to hold the remainder of the games due to the capital’s two major stadiums — the Estadio da Luz and the Estadio Jose Alvalade — which are not far from each other.
The final of the Champions League 2019-20 is tentatively planned for August 23rd with the quarterfinal and semifinal matches taking place from August 13th.
UEFA is also seeking an end to the Europa League tournament as well with German cities Frankfurt and Dusseldorf both in consideration.
The August end of the Champions League and Europa League would mean the 2020-21 editions of the tournament wouldn’t begin until October. Before the next edition of the Champions League and Europa League proper begins, however, the tournaments would need to go through qualifying. How UEFA gets to that point is currently unknown due to the complexities of the Covid-19 pandemic.
European football is set for a busy remainder of the year as the playoffs for the Euros need to be held this autumn due to the tournament being postponed by a year.