The continental extravaganza will kick off in August with the final to be played in Lisbon.
The UEFA Champions League has long been coveted as the pinnacle of club football, with clubs all over Europe vying for the right to lift the famous trophy. The 2019-2020 edition of the Champions League was cut short mid-way through the Round of 16, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Atlanta, RB Leipzig, PSG and Atletico Madrid have already booked their place in the last eight with Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Lyon, Napoli and Barcelona vying to follow suit.
With Champions League football set to return in August, we at Khel Now take you through the draws for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the finals of the tournament. The ties following the Round of 16 will be settled in single legs with the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final being played in Lisbon.
City hold a 2-1 advantage over Real Madrid, going into the second leg of the tie at the Etihad Stadium. FC Barcelona welcome Napoli to the Camp Nou, having been held to a 1-1 draw in Naples. Chelsea must overcome a monumental 3-0 deficit over a rampant Bayern Munich side if they are to progress while Juventus have to overturn a 1-0 scoreline, having been condemned to defeat in Lyon.
Quarter Final fixtures
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League mapped out the plan for the Festival of Football that will take place in Lisbon in August, following the completion of the remaining Round of 16 fixtures. As we have come to expect from the great tournament, the draw threw up a number of fixtures that promise to be full of excitement for fans of the sport.
Quarter Final 1 – Real Madrid/Manchester City vs Lyon/Juventus (12th August 2020)
Manchester City host Real Madrid at the Ethiad stadium on the 8th of August, with the Cityzens holding a 2-1 lead over their Spanish opponents. However, while Madrid have looked rampant post lockdown, City have suffered from flashes of inconsistency.
Lyon shocked the world in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie with Juventus, defeating the team from Turin by a goal to nil. Cristiano Ronaldo and company will have to be at their best in the reverse fixture to book a spot in the quarter-finals, that will be played on 12th August.
Quarter Final 2 – RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid (13th August 2020)
Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig side have blown hot and cold since the restart. The German side booked their place in the Quarter finals with convincing performances against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side. Leipzig however, will be without star striker Timo Werner ahead of his move to Chelsea in the summer.
Atletico Madrid reached the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion, defeating holders Liverpool over two legs. The Rojiblancos have been in formidable form, having yet to be defeated since football resumed.
Quarter Final 3 – Napoli/Barcelona vs Chelsea/Bayern Munich (14th August 2020)
Napoli were unlucky not to hold on to their 1-0 lead against Barcelona in the first leg, having succumbed to the Catalonian side’s irresistible pressing. The Italians have looked off the boil in the league this season, but have won every game since the restart. While Barcelona have yet to lose a match since the return of football, their performances have been anything but convincing.
That being said, with the advantage of an away goal, Barcelona will be confident going into this one.
Bayern Munich have been irresistible since the change in manager, winning their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. The Germans go into the second leg against Chelsea with a 3-0 lead. A task that may prove beyond the capabilities of Frank Lampard’s men.
Quarter Final 4 – Atalanta vs Paris Saint Germain (15th August 2020)
Atalanta have been the surprise package of this year’s Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals for the very first time in their history. The Italian side reached the last eight by defeating Valencia home and away by an aggregate score of eight goals to four.
PSG on the other hand, reached the quarter-finals the hard way, having to come from behind in the second leg to beat Borussia Dortmund on an aggregate of three goals to two in the Round of 16. The Parisians will be on the back foot from the start, as they will be playing their first competitive game since football was suspended in March.
Semi Final and Final fixtures
The semi finals of the Champions League will take place on the 18th and 19th of August. The winners of the Quarter Finals 1 will play as the home team against the winners of Quarter Finals 3 on the 18th of August.
The next day, the winners of Quarter Finals 2 will take on the winners of Quarter Finals 4.
The finals of the competition will see the winners of the second round of Semi-finals play as the home team against the winners of the first round on the 23rd of August in Lisbon.