The wait is over: the Champions returns


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The wait is over: the Champions returns

Manchester City-Real Madrid and Juventus-Lyon will encourage the return of top club competition with their Round of 16 rematch matches.

The world of football looks again at Europe with the return of the Champions League 2019/20, in a special edition and in an unpublished format after the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Covid-19 outbreak stopped the ball in March before clinching four of the eight second-round second leg matches. Now the path will be faster and more direct: in just 18 days there will be a champion who will replace Liverpool, winner of the previous year.

Starting this Friday, Manchester City and Real Madrid open the game in England after the 2-1 achieved by the British last February in Spanish lands, while Juventus will seek to become strong in Turin in their goal of overcoming the 1-0 fall in Lyon. On Saturday it will be Barcelona’s turn, after 1-1 at San Paolo against Napoli, and Bayern Munich wants to consolidate the 3-0 victory achieved at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

The final phase of the maximum continental tournament will be exciting, with single match duels and few days off between them. Lisbon will expand as a host due to the pandemic and will be a “bubble” with the best eight that arrive at the instance.

On Wednesday, August 12, the quarterfinals will begin with one of the already established games, Atalanta-PSG, and a day later RB Leipzig-Atlético de Madrid will be played. The respective winners will then be measured in one of the semifinal matches, on Tuesday the 18th. Meanwhile, between Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th, the qualifiers for the second round matches will play, and then they will determine the rivals on Wednesday the 19th, in Another ticket to great definition.

The final of the 2019/20 Champions League will be played on Sunday, August 23, at the Da Luz stadium in Lisbon.


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