UEFA plan Champions League final for August

In this photo illustration a UEFA Champions League logo seen displayed on a smartphone.

UEFA are exploring the possibility of playing the Champions League final on the last Saturday in August.

The final was due to be played at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul on May 30, but that date was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

However, according to a report in The Telegraph, the final could now be pushed back to August 29 - while the Europa League final in Gdansk has been provisionally earmarked to take place three days earlier.

The report also claims that there have been discussions about provisionally playing the quarter-final matches from July 28/29, with the rest of the competition concluded in August.

While Europa League ties would  be played in the same weeks - but there are still 10 Round of 16 matches to factor into the planning.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has already ruled out the prospect of Champions League and Europa League matches being played in September or October.

And the governing body, according to the report, are also looking at playing ties over one leg if necessary.

While the idea of a mini-tournament has also been proposed, that would see all quarter-final, semi-final and final matches being played over one leg over the course of a week in one location.

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

While in the Europa League, Manchester United and Wolves are still flying the flag for the Premier League.

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