Man City face four games in 16-day shootout if they are to win Champions League as part of Uefa’s ‘mini World Cup’ – The Sun
MANCHESTER CITY face four games in a 16-day shootout if they are to lift the Champions League for the first time.
Uefa are set to confirm on Tuesday that the business end of the tournament will be completed by a last-eight ‘mini World Cup’ to be held in Lisbon in August.
And Euro chiefs hope some fans can travel to the city’s Stadium of Light and Jose Alvalade Stadium to watch games in the flesh.
Pep Guardiola and his City side will discover the result of their Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal against Uefa’s two-year European ban by the middle of next month.
And three weeks later City restart their Euro quest by playing Real Madrid in the last 16, having won the first leg 2-1.
All four uncompleted matches will be played over the weekend of August 7 and 8.
Uefa then plan to use the two major stadia in Lisbon for the remaining games, with the quarter- final ties, played as one-off matches, held on consecutive nights between August 12 and August 15.
Semi-finals will be on August 18 and 19, before the final at the Stadium of Light on August 23.
Portugal’s rapidly declining Covid-19 death rate could see fans allowed in.
One Uefa source said: “It will be down to the Portuguese government. Even if there are fans there will almost certainly be social distancing.”
This season’s final was due to be played in Istanbul but the city will now play host next summer.
Uefa are set to confirm the Europa League will also finish as a knockout, played in four grounds in Germany, with the final likely to be in Frankfurt.
Scheduled Polish host city Gdansk will also have to wait until next year.
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