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Report: Uefa planning Champions League ‘Final Eight’ format in Lisbon

Getty ImagesThe winner of this season’s Uefa Champions League, European club soccer’s premier competition, could be decided by a ‘Final Eight’ tournament format in Portugal, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish newspaper reports that European body Uefa is drawing up a plan that would see second legs scrapped for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, allowing for the Champions League to be completed at one stadium by 22nd August. Mundo Deportivo said that Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz is Uefa’s preferred option to host the tournament because there are no Portuguese sides left in the competition, although Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano and Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena are reportedly also in the frame. “Concrete plan” to finish Champions League by August, says ČeferinUefa is planning to allow Europe’s domestic leagues to finish their 2019/20 seasons before resuming the Champions League, although it was previously reported that the new date for the final would be 29th August. The 2020 Champions League final was due take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium on 30th May, but the Associated Press reported over the weekend that Uefa will move the game from Istanbul because it is ‘no longer practical’ to stage the fixture in the Turkish city this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last Champions League fixtures took place on 11th March and it is still unclear how the four outstanding last-16 ties will be completed.

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