On 20th October 2020 (Tuesday) the Union of European Football Associations started the UEFA Champions League. The prestige and glory of this knockout tournament remain intact with it, however, there are some regulations imposed on the name of ‘new normal’ with the tournament.
Last Season: An overview
Union of European Football Associations hosted the quarterfinals of the tournament behind the closed doors in Lisbon. However, due to the pandemic, the last-eight and last-four stage matches were one-off affairs. If there would have been normal conditions then those matches would have been played on a home-and-away basis. By facing all these issues and adapting the ‘new normal’ amid the outbreak, the entire tournament got over almost three months running off schedule.
How the tournament is scheduled this time?
According to the statement given by the Union of European Football Associations this time the tournament will be played out in its entirety, in its existing (traditional) format. Moreover, the finals will be held on May 29 2021 in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
But why Istanbul?
The finals of the UEFA tournament will be held on May 29 2021 in the Turkish city of Istanbul because Istanbul was to host the showpiece game last time before the coronavirus outbreak.
This season v/s last season?
The six rounds of group games that begin on Tuesday are scheduled to be over on December 9, i.e., in eight weeks. As compared to the last season’s group stage ran for a week short of three months. The Round of 16 ties will be held in February-March with the quarterfinals in the first half of April and the semi-finals in late April and early May.
Spectators are allowed?
To watch the tournament, the Union of European Football Associations has allowed the spectators to the venues but at a maximum of 30 percent of capacity however, the main decision regarding this matter lies in the hands of the local administrations.