Champions League set for 12-day mini-tournamet in Lisbon between August 12 and 23

The Champions League will return

Domestic leagues around Europe have returned to play almost three months after being halted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Germany’s Bundesliga was first to restart last month, while La Liga made their comeback last week.

The Premier League will follow suit, returning with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal on Wednesday before a full weekend fixture list.

While domestic leagues are back, there’s still a question mark over the Champions League. 

Europe’s elite competition was cut short midway through the round of 16 in March.

But after months of uncertainty, the good news is UEFA are planning a 12-day mini-tournament to conclude proceedings. 

According to Sky Sports, the Champions League will return in August and the Portuguese city of Lisbon will host the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final between the 12th and 23rd.

Two-legged ties will be scrapped, with all games played as single legs across two different stadiums in the capital city – Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Sporting’s Estadio Jose Alvalade. 

It’s likely the final will be played at Benfica’s ground, which previously hosted the 2014 final. 

Benfica's ground will likely host the final

Sky report that the original Champions League final hosts Istanbul are expected to be compensated with the right to stage a future final. 

While all quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played in Portugal, how the four remaining last-16 ties will be played has not yet been decided.

However, Goal claim the fixtures could be played in Barcelona and Turin.

The remaining games are Man City vs Real Madrid, Bayern Munich vs Chelsea, Juventus vs Lyon and Barcelona vs Napoli.

Man City still have a second leg to play

While plans for the Champions League are set to be given the green light by UEFA at a meeting on Wednesday, there has been no word yet on what will happen with the Europa League.

But if Europe’s elite competition does return later this summer, then football fans will be very happy.

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