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Champions League – Portugal is ready

Seen as an example for the rest of Europe, Portugal successfully controlled the coronavirus pandemic. Portugal earned the right to host the world’s most important club football tournament. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Portugal will take the centre stage starting today. Eight of Europe’s best teams start fighting for the coveted Champions League title amid strict health protocols. Thanks in part to its handling of the pandemic. Portugal was chosen by UEFA to stage the mini-tournament in two Lisbon stadiums over the next two weeks.

Champions League - Portugal is ready
Champions League – Portugal is ready

Despite the country’s success, there will be no fans for this week’s quarter-finals, next week’s semi-finals and the August 23 final. Portugal avoided the problems that hit other southern European countries such as Italy and neighbouring Spain, where the known combined COVID-19 death toll surpassed 63,000.

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There have been fewer than 2,000 registered deaths in Portugal. It took quick action when the pandemic started to hit nearby countries. Even though only a few cases had been reported locally.

“UEFA recognised that Portugal was the safest place to host this competition,” Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said yesterday in a video call with international correspondents.

“All security measures have been guaranteed for players, coaches, journalists, visitors and the Portuguese community in general.”

Portugal’s experience in hosting sporting events helped the nation land the Champions League
Portugal’s experience in hosting sporting events helped the nation land the Champions League

Costa noted that Portugal’s experience in hosting sporting events helped the nation land the Champions League. Portugal hosted the inaugural Nations League Finals last year. They hosted Champions League final in Lisbon in 2014. They also hosted the European Championship in 2004.

Later this year, the country will hold a Formula One Grand Prix and a MotoGP race, both in the city of Portimao.

“We are only able to host these Champions League matches because of the good behaviour of the Portuguese people in the fight against the pandemic,” Portuguese Football Federation president Fernando Gomes said.

“The matches will be seen by hundreds of millions of people, helping to underline and reinforce the positive image that Portugal has given the world during a period that has been particularly difficult and demanding for everyone.”

UEFA to stage the mini-tournament in two Lisbon stadiums over the next two weeks
UEFA to stage the mini-tournament in two Lisbon stadiums over the next two weeks

Champions League Final:

The final was originally scheduled to take place at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. Madrid was among cities which also wanted to host the reshaped mini-tournament.

Portugal, a country of 10.3 million people with an economy that relies heavily on tourism, saw a surge in outbreaks that raised concerns a few weeks ago and prompted the return of some restrictions in some places. But the numbers came down again recently.

They have been mostly under control in the run-up to the Champions League knockout stage. There were also concerns when Spanish club Atlético Madrid reported two positive cases in its squad ahead of its trip to Lisbon. The entire team had to be tested again.

The club was cleared to travel only after negative results came back. None of the other seven clubs involved in the quarter-finals has reported positive tests among players. The venues in Lisbon are Benfica’s Stadium of Light and Sporting Lisbon’s Alvalade Stadium.

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Champions League Final 2020 dropped from US network TV

The Champions League quarterfinals and elimination rounds will vanish from U.S. network and cable English-language television this summer. This is due to the new contract between UEFA and CBS, and the remainder of the 2019-20 competition will be primarily streamed.

CBS took over rights from TBS during the coronavirus pandemic break. CBS said Wednesday the only matches it plans to televise are the round of 16-second legs of Manchester City-Real Madrid on Aug. 8. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Champions League Final 2020 dropped from US network TV
Champions League Final 2020 dropped from US network TV

CBS:

CBS also plans to televise and Barcelona-Napoli the following day, plus the final on Aug. 23. They will be on the CBS Sports Network link channel. Every single other game will be accessible online at CBS All Access. The competition was ended by the pandemic in March.

UEFA arrived at a U.S. rights concurrence with CBS through the 2023-24 season. As a component of the understanding, CBS quickly took over rights from TBS, which had been scheduled to go through the 2020-21 season.

CBS said the decisions on the remainder of this year´s tournament were “due to the short turnaround and with the CBS television network already having previous commitments at the same time of the tournament final.”

CBS televise the round of 16-second legs of Manchester City-Real Madrid on Aug. 8 and Barcelona-Napoli  plus the final on Aug. 23
CBS televise the round of 16-second legs of Manchester City-Real Madrid on Aug. 8 and Barcelona-Napoli plus the final on Aug. 23

Due to the pandemic, the quarterfinals and elimination rounds were changed from two legs to one-coordinate knockouts. All games from the quarterfinals will be in Lisbon, Portugal. The remainder of the Europa League, UEFA´s No2 club competition, will be completely spilled.

CBS All Access is offering a one-month free preliminary, permitting U.S. watchers to watch matches at no expense. Starting with the 2020-21 season, CBS said select matches will be on the main CBS network, including every Champions League final.

ESPN broadcast the Champions League with English commentary in the U.S. from 1995-96 through 2008-09, followed by Fox from 2009-10 through 2017-18. Univision retains U.S. Spanish-language rights.

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Champions League – Manchester United keep £75m Adidas sponsorship deal intact after qualification

United reached the Champions League on the last day of the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat Leicester City 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. United are now able to claim all of their £75million-a-year kit deal with Adidas. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The club’s kit supplier was allowed to keep £25million if they failed to qualify. Manchester United have avoided the potential loss of £25million through kit sponsorship after they qualified for the Champions League on Sunday.

Champions League Final Tickets - Manchester United keep £75m adidas sponsorship deal intact after qualification
Champions League – Manchester United keep £75m Adidas sponsorship deal intact after qualification

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat top-four rivals Leicester City 2-0 in a winner-takes-all clash on the final day of the Premier League season to seal a spot in Europe’s premier club competition. Had the Red Devils lost to Brendan Rodgers’ side on Sunday, they would have finished in fifth place.

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Only winning the highly-competitive Europa League tournament in August would have secured Champions League football for next season. Missing out on the Champions League for a second successive season would have allowed kit supplier Adidas to keep £25million of their £75million-a-year sponsorship deal next season.

But now the Red Devils are sat at Europe’s top table, Adidas are required to give the Premier League giants this extra 33 per cent instalment which the club could spend in the summer transfer window. 

Manchester United’s kit deal with Adidas is the second-highest in the Premier League, behind Liverpool’s £80million-a-year deal with Nike which was finalised in January 2020. If Adidas had been allowed to keep £25million of the sponsorship deal, United would have received less money in annual kit revenue than rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Champions League - Manchester United keep £75m adidas sponsorship deal intact after qualification
Champions League – Manchester United keep £75m Adidas sponsorship deal intact after qualification

Manchester City has the third-highest kit deal in England’s top-flight due to their £65million-a-year with Puma, while Arsenal and Chelsea bring in £60m-a-year with Adidas and Nike respectively. Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, rake in £30m-a-year through their deal with Nike.

Despite now being able to fall back on £75million-a-year from their kit supplier, United’s deal is still small in comparison to La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, who earn £110m and £100m respectively. 

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5 causes why Leicester City can pip Manchester United or Chelsea to Champions League place

Leicester City may be the underdogs for a top-four finish going into Sunday’s final round of Premier League fixtures but there are plenty of causes for optimism. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Look at the injury list, look at the squad lists, look at the form table, look at the actual table, and everything points towards a Manchester United win this weekend that would see Leicester City’s 11-month pursuit of Champions League football ended on the final day.

5 causes why Leicester City can pip Manchester United or Chelsea to Champions League place
5 causes why Leicester City can pip Manchester United or Chelsea to Champions League place

There will be a section of City fans taking a pessimistic view of Sunday’s showdown and already searching for potential Europa League opponents. But there are a handful of reasons to be optimistic.

The city may have a fitness edge:

It’s been a grueling six weeks for Premier League players, who have followed three months off with a game every three or four days. But City players this week were handed the slight relief of a few days off with Brendan Rodgers’ side afforded a week-long break between matches.

Because of their FA Cup involvement, United have not had such a luxury and have had half the time to prepare for the game following their clash with West Ham on Wednesday. Rodgers doesn’t know if the quick turnaround will affect United, but he certainly knows his side are fresher than they were last weekend.

He said “It’s not something that we wanted to talk about in the aftermath of the Tottenham match but I felt we were tired and leggy after the game. I am happy we have been able to recover well, put a plan in place, and then be fresh as we can for the game. How it affects the other team I don’t know. But for us, the week gives us every opportunity.”

The city may have a fitness edge:
The city may have a fitness edge:

Home advantage retained:

More than any other game, this is the one that City would have wanted 30,000 fans there cheering them on. Despite the absence of supporters, home advantage does still exist in the Premier League, post-restart stats have shown.

And City’s record at the King Power Stadium is good. They’ve only lost one of their last six home league matches – to Manchester City – and have kept clean sheets in their last four on home turf.

Is United’s form that good?

Much has been made of United’s form and their 13-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. While any streak that reaches double figures is impressive, it perhaps does not stand up as quite so brilliant when examined more closely. Since the restart, United have won five and drawn three of their Premier League games.

And while they defeated Sheffield United – one of the teams’ City also downed – all of their other victories have come against sides in the bottom six. They failed to get the better of Spurs, Southampton, and then West Ham on Wednesday, where they underwhelmed. That should give City hope.

The city can also sneak into the top four with a draw but for that to happen, they need Chelsea to lose
The city can also sneak into the top four with a draw but for that to happen, they need Chelsea to lose

Wolves can provide a lifeline:

The city can also sneak into the top four with a draw but for that to happen, they need Chelsea to lose. Thankfully, Frank Lampard’s side is playing a team with something to fight for. Wolves, who have so often been the menace of big clubs this season, need a win to ensure they finish above Spurs and guarantee Europa League qualification.

If they can do that, and City hold firm at the King Power, Champions League football will be secured.

The real Leicester are still there:

The above reasons skirt over that City are still a pretty decent team. It’s been easy to forget during their gradual slip down the table, but only a week-and-a-half ago, this injury-hit side dominated and secured a comfortable victory against an in-form, organised Sheffield United.

Recent evidence of how well this team can play should bring confidence to fans, players, and staff alike.

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Champions League – Why Setien should not be throw out ahead of the restart

Barcelona is only a day away from facing Napoli in the Champions League at Camp Nou in the return leg of Round of 16. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The 1-1 draw achieved in the away game in Italy gives the Blaugranes a slight edge, but the tie is certainly far from over. Setien has been at the heart of severe criticism for several weeks after his poor squad management, amongst many other factors discussed in our latest The Barcelona Podcast.

Champions League Final Tickets - Why Setien should not be throw out ahead of the restart
Champions League – Why Setien should not be throw out ahead of the restart

This resulted in Real Madrid being delegated La Liga champions just because of 2017. Barcelona has no choice but to win the Champions League to avoid finishing the season empty-handed. A likely potential scenario that would add even more pressure on Josep Maria Bartomeu, Setien, and even the players themselves.

Many Culers have been calling for the immediate sacking of Setien, and I can fully understand why. Supporters have become frustrated with the manager’s poor distribution of minutes to avoid fatigue.His inability to build an effective relationship with his players.

Ultimately, failing to win La Liga despite taking over the team when they were leading the table. As I argued in the latest The Barcelona Podcast, however, finding someone better to take over at this stage of the season is almost impossible.

While the media has speculated with big names such as Xavi, Ronald Koeman or even Mauricio Pochettino, they have all reportedly refused a move to the Camp Nou – at least for now. Laurent Blanc has also been linked to Barcelona in recent days.

Ronald Koeman or even Mauricio Pochettino, they have all reportedly refused a move to the Camp Nou
Ronald Koeman or even Mauricio Pochettino, they have all reportedly refused a move to the Camp Nou

Honestly, I am not convinced that a manager who has been out of a job since June 2016 (when he was sacked by PSG) could lead the change that this Barcelona squad so desperately needs. Even if Blanc was to join Barca, this should take place once the current season is over to give him enough time.

He has to implement his philosophy, decide on the players he would like to keep, then build a rapport with those who are staying. There just isn’t enough time for this to happen before the Champions League restart.

Barca B manager Garcia Pimienta, who is currently fighting to promote his youngsters to Segunda Division, would be a better choice as he already knows Barcelona inside out after years of successfully managing almost every age-group in La Masia.

While Pimienta would not be a terrible choice right now, I believe that it makes more sense for Bartomeu to give Setien a final shot to redeem himself and prove why he was hired in the first place. Ultimately, Bartomeu took a risk when he appointed Setien mid-season.

Barcelona is only a day away from facing Napoli in the Champions League at Camp Nou

I would be shocked if he sacked him ahead of the biggest tournament of the year. While Setien is not perfect, he does know the players better than any of his potential replacements. If reports are to be believed, has already spoken to Messi about sticking together for the benefit of the team and park their differences until the season is over.

While it is impossible to predict whether this case of ‘Better the devil you know‘ will bring the Champions League to the Camp Nou, I believe keeping Setien is the best way forward given that the alternatives would not build on the progress made since the manager’s arrival back in January.

Barcelona needs a fresh start, but the time for this will come once the Champions League is over.

Francesc Tomàs is a Catalan columnist featured in ESPN, The Guardian, and many others. Born and raised minutes away from the Camp Nou, Francesc has been sharing his opinionated views with thousands of faithful Cutler listeners via The Barcelona Podcast since 2017.

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UEFA Champions League new season to start on 8 August

The new period of the UEFA Champions League will commence with a starter cycle, a smaller than usual competition including four groups, BelTA has learned. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Participating in the competition will be four UEFA in the least positioned countries. San Marino will confront Northern Ireland, and Andorra will take on Kosovo in the elimination rounds of the primer round on 8 August. The last is planned for 11 August.

UEFA Champions League new season to start on 8 August
UEFA Champions League new season to start on 8 August

The starter round victors will enter the primary passing round, which will likewise highlight Belarusian hero Dinamo Brest. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UEFA Executive Committee has concluded that the passing rounds of the Champions League and the Europa League will comprise of erratic ties.

The Champions League season finisher round will comprise of two legs. The principal qualifying round will happen on 18-19 August, the subsequent one – on 25-26 August, the third one – on 15-16 September, the season finisher round – 22-23 and 29-30 September. The gathering stage will begin on 20 October to end on 9 December.

UEFA Champions League new season to start on 8 August
UEFA Champions League new season to start on 8 August

Belarus will be spoken to in the Europa League by Dinamo Minsk, BATE Borisov, and Shakhtyor Soligorsk. The primer round will open on 20 August. The main passing round will occur on 27 August, the subsequent one – on 17 September, the third one – on 24 September, the season finisher – on 1 October.

The gathering stage is planned for 22 October – 10 December. This current season’s Champions League and Europa League rivalries will be finished in August with ‘definite eight’ competitions. The Champions League matches will be played in Lisbon, Portugal on 12-23 August.

The Europa League matches will be played in the German urban communities of Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, and Cologne on 10-21 August.

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Champions League – Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

The last 16 ties were being considered for a change to Portugal yet new limitations have tossed Uefa plans into disarray. Uefa’s proposal to stage the second leg of Manchester City’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid in Lisbon has been thrown into doubt.

Changes to the UK’s Covid-19 rules on travellers arriving here from abroad have removed one obstacle to the second leg being held in Manchester and created difficulty in holding it in Portugal. And the new changes could also put City at a distinct disadvantage in the next Premier League season if they reach the final of the competition.

Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules
Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

Uefa have already decided to stage the competition from the quarter-finals onwards entirely in Portugal, in a World Cup-style format tournament. And they were leaning towards also playing the four outstanding last 16 ties due to be played on August 7 and 8 – in Portugal.

That would have meant that City, who leads 2-1 from the first leg at the Bernabeu, would lose home advantage for the return, but could, bizarrely, still be eliminated on the away goals rule even though Lisbon is 1,100 miles closer to their home stadium than it is to Manchester.

The rationale in that proposal was that, at the time, the UK was insisting that all travellers from overseas would have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival – which would mean playing the match would not be possible.

They also considered the fact that playing all of the games in one country would mean that teams would avoid flying all over Europe, which isn’t a great idea during a pandemic.

Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules
Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

But the first of those two reasons have been removed by the lifting of restrictions on travellers from Spain, which means Real would be able to come to Manchester, play the game and return home the following day, as normal.

The change in restrictions also means that anyone travelling to Portugal has to self-isolate for 14 days on returning to this country.

So if City goes to Lisbon for the second leg, on August 7 or 8, flying back to Manchester the next day would make them unable to return to Portugal for the rest of the tournament, if they get through to the quarter-finals.

That means, if they beat real over two legs, they would have to stay in Portugal for a week until the tournament gets underway. Manager Pep Guardiola would prefer to play the game in Manchester, but the idea of a week of training and acclimatisation in Portugal if City progress would not be unappealing.

Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules
Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

But the problem is then postponed, as City would still be forced to self-isolate after returning to Manchester. If they reached the Champions League final, on August 23, and flew home the next day, they would have to self-isolate in Manchester for a fortnight.

That would take them to within five days of the start of the new Premier League season on September 12. The city could rightly argue that such arrangements would put them at a real disadvantage, as they would be unable to train together until days before the new campaign.

Uefa have delayed the decision on venues for the remaining last 16 games until the effects of the pandemic, and the various rules in European countries, became clearer.

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Champions League Final – Rule changes could affect Chelsea when tournament restarts next month

Rule changes could influence Chelsea when Champions League resumes one month from now. Various guideline changes have been reported by UEFA this evening. UEFA has announced several rule changes ahead of the Champions League returning next month.

The administering body a month ago reported that the 2019/20 Champions League will finish up with a ‘last eight’ scaled-down competition in Lisbon in August. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Champions League Final Tickets - Rule changes could affect Chelsea when tournament restarts next month
Champions League Final – Rule changes could affect Chelsea when tournament restarts next month

The quarter- and semi-finals will be reduced to one leg from the standard two-leg format, with the games commencing on 12 August and the final taking place on 23 August. Fans will not be allowed to attend the games under current conditions.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin admitted that “things change rapidly,” in a briefing last month. And now UEFA has confirmed that unplayed round-of-16 second legs will be held either at the club’s home ground or a venue assigned by them.

Sides can also register a maximum of three new ‘List A’ players, but each squad is still limited to 25 List A players, and players must have been already registered an also, qualified to play for the club at a residential level since 3 February.

And similar to the Premier League, teams will be able to make five substitutions a game but will only be allowed to make these changes at three points in the game.

Champions League Final Tickets - Rule changes could affect Chelsea when tournament restarts next month
Champions League Final – Rule changes could affect Chelsea when tournament restarts next month

These three events do exclude changes at half-time, between the finish of ordinary playing time and extra-time, and at half-time during additional time. One additional substitution may also be allowed during extra-time. A total of 23 players will be allowed on a teamsheet for games instead of 18, something usually only permitted for the final.

Both Chelsea and Manchester City are still alive and kicking in this season’s competition and have the second-leg of their respective last-16 ties against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid still to play.

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