Champions League restart: The draw and more
Football fans and clubs alike will be watching with bated breath on Friday as the draw for the restart of the Champions League takes place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. After a break of almost five months due to the global corona pandemic, Europe's premier club competition will resume on 7 August with the leftover round of sixteen matches that could not be played in March. Afterwards, the competition will be played to its conclusion in Lisbon within twelve days. fcbayern.com has collated the most important information about the CL draw.
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be played as a straightforward knockout tournament in Lisbon.
The venues for the tournament are Benfica's home ground, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (also known as Estádio da Luz) – which is also the venue for the final - and local rivals Sporting Lisbon's Estádio José Alvelade.
Four teams had already qualified for the quarter finals before the competition was suspended:
Atalanta, Atlético Madrid, RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain
Joining them will be the four winners from the remaining round of sixteen matches:
FC Bayern – Chelsea (first leg result: 3-0)
Juventus – Lyon (0-1)
Manchester City - Real Madrid (2-1)
Barcelona – Napoli (1-1)
On Thirsday, UEFA announced that the matches will be played on 7 and 8 August at the stadiums of the respective home teams.
In the first leg of the round of sixteen, FC Bayern beat Chelsea 3-0. Click here to read the match report 👇
7-8 August: Round of 16 2nd leg matches (at stadiums of home teams)
12-15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)
18-19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)
23 August: Final (Lisbon)
Kick-off time for all games is 21:00 CEST.
There will be three rounds of draws: First, the fixtures for the quarter-finals will be drawn. Then the draw for the two semi-final matches takes place. Finally, it will be determined which participating team will be the 'home team' in a possible final.
There are no restrictions for the draws, so teams from the same national association can also play against each other.
Due to the suspension of matches in force since 11 March, UEFA has made the following changes for the rest of the season. Each participating team has the possibility to register three new players. However, this is subject to the condition that these players have already been registered with the respective club since the last registration deadline on 3 February 2020. Consequently, no newly-signed players may be used.
As in the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, five substitutions will be permitted in all remaining matches.