While football may still be on hiatus for a while, there is now hope Tuesday after UEFA met to discuss the state of the game
While football may still be on hiatus for a while, there is now hope Tuesday after UEFA met to discuss the state of the game.
The European Championships (EURO 2020) has been moved back until 2021, but that was done so that various leagues around the world can finish.
Two of those leagues are the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, which were due to finish in late May.
Now, according to multiple reports, the dates have been tentatively set: June 24th for the Europa League Final (Gdansk, Poland as of now) and June 27th for the Champions League Final (Istanbul, Turkey as of now).
There has been some talk that the tournament could be shortened into one-off matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals, instead of two-legged ties, but there could be a full tournament. According to Arancha Rodríguez of the Spanish news site COPE:
"Return of the Champions League on May 5 and would allow maintaining the same format. The final on June 27. On the other hand, the Europa League return would be on April 30 and the final on June 24."
So far, half of the Champions League quarterfinalists have advanced (Atalanta, Atlético Madrid, PSG, and RB Leipzig), with the other four participants still to be decided after the second legs.
None of the eight Europa League ties have been completed, although Manchester United has a 5-0 lead heading home and will most certainly be one of the eight quarterfinalists. The Red Devils are the current betting favorite (+275) to lift the title for the second time in four years.
Manchester City +300
Bayern Munich +325
Atlético Madrid +1000
Manchester United +275
Bayer Leverkusen +600