The UEFA Champions League, Europe's top club competition, has held its first ever telematic draw. It has decided the pairings for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the tournament to be held in a single venue, Lisbon. However, several Round of 16 matches have yet to be played, as they were postponed due to the health crisis caused by the COVID-19
The pairings have been confirmedFirstly, Atletico Madrid of 'Cholo' Simeone, who caused a sensation by eliminating the all-powerful Liverpool at Anfield, will meet German club Leipzig. It will be a much more evenly matched series and, a priori, more favourable to the Colchoneros than the previous one. The Italian club Atalanta, who have just finished an easy win over Valencia CF, will also face PSG, who have Neymar Jr, Cavani and Di Maria in their ranks.
The French side finally lifted the slab from the Round of 16 by knocking out Borussia Dortmund Haaland, one of world football's rising stars.
Those still to be decidedThere are stilltwo quarter-finals to be decided. In one of them, the winners of Real Madrid vs Manchester City and Lyon vs Juventus will face each other. It's worth remembering that Real Madrid was defeated 1 - 2 by the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg against the team coached by Pep Guardiola. Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus also went down 1-0 at the Parc Olympique de Lyon. It would be a nice series between the Madrid and Transalpine sides, but it seems to be a difficult one, and on the other hand, FC Barcelona will have to finish off their play-off against Napoli at the Camp Nou.
They drew one in the first leg, so the team has the advantage to qualify for the quarter-finals and face Chelsea or, more likely, Bayern Munich. The German giants beat Stanford Bridge 3-0 in the first leg. The
semi-finals and finalThelast two rounds of the UEFA Champions League will also provide an opportunity to see the most iconic men and women in the world of sport in action during August. The semi-finals will see the winner of the tie between Real Madrid / Manchester City and Lyon / Juventus and the winner of the tie between Naples / FC Barcelona and Chelsea / Bayern Munich. On the other hand, the winner of RB Leipzig/Atletico Madrid and the winner of Atalanta/PSG will face each other.
The final will be held on 23 August in Lisbon and will be played by the winning teams of the corresponding semi-finals. Without a doubt, what is traditionally the quietest month in the world of football, this year is full of emotions.