UEFA Board has announced that the draws for the final eight of the Champions League will be held on Friday, July 10, amid ongoing uncertainty about how safe it will be to play out the competition in Lisbon as planned.
It has been Four months on from the last match in this season’s Champions League with four last-16 ties still to be completed.
The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of both competitions will be held on Friday, from 1000 GMT. However, before getting that far in either competition, there are a host of last-16 ties to be completed.
In the Champions League, Atalanta and RB Leipzig are through to the last eight along with PSG and Atletico. The remaining last 16, second legs will see Juventus face Lyon, Manchester City take on Madrid, Bayern Munich face Chelsea and Barcelona meet Napoli.
And so the plan is to go to the Portuguese capital for a unique “final eight” straight knockout tournament from the quarter-finals onwards, starting on August 12 and finishing with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23.
UEFA also plans to complete the Europa League with an identical format as the Champions League, with a final eight in Germany, and the final due to go ahead in Cologne on August 21.
However, In the Europa League last 16, only six of the eight first-leg matches were played in March.