UEFA plan to play rest of Champions League 'in one host city with one-leg ties'


UEFA are planning to finish this season's Champions League and Europa League competitions with one-legged ties hosted in the same city from the quarter-finals onwards.

Both tournaments are suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak and the finals in Istanbul and Gdansk have been postponed.

However, European football's governing body is planning to finish the competitions in August after domestic seasons conclude.

Portugal capital Lisbon or cities in Germany have emerged as potential locations to host all the matches for the next stages.

And Getafe president Angel Torres confirmed UEFA are exploring the idea of hosting all matches in a single city, which would also see quarter-final and semi-final matches played over one leg rather than the usual two.

The Champions League and Europa League are currently suspended at the last-16 stage (Image: Marco Luzzani)

"UEFA's idea is to play the Champions League and Europa League, starting from the quarter-finals, across one match in one venue although nothing has been confirmed yet," Torres told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.

"They will come to a decision on June 17 (when the executive committee meets)."

Getafe's first-leg match at Inter Milan was postponed after Torres threatened to forfeit the tie if UEFA did not intervene at a stage when Italy was one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic.

United travelled to LASK Linz - but two Europa League last-16 first-legs were postponed in March (Image: REUTERS)

Sevilla's trip to Roma was also postponed but the other six last-16 matches took place, including Manchester United, Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers' games.

Meanwhile, four of the eight Champions League last-16 ties are yet to be concluded. Manchester City and Chelsea await their second-legs against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.

Elsewhere, Barcelona were set to host Napoli and Lyon face a trip to Juventus.

RB Leipzig are through after beating Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid have confirmed their spot in the quarter-finals after a dramatic extra-time victory over Liverpool.

Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain are the other two clubs through to the last eight.

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