There is already a date for the return of the Champions League. This afternoon the draw for the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Champions League was held in Nyon. A tough and thorny road awaits Real Madrid and Barça to reach the final on Sunday 23 August in Lisbon. There is a possibility of a Spanish derby in the Champions League, Real Madrid and Barça would face each other in the semifinals if they pass the quarters.
The top European competition has a return date after the forced stoppage due to the coronavirus health crisis. COVID-19 has changed the rules of the competition and a unique final to eight will be played. For the first time in history, the matches will be played behind closed doors, without an audience and with a single match.
Thorny path for Real Madrid and Barça
Everything can happen in the Champions League, Real Madrid and Barça would face each other in the semifinals. A game expected and longed for by football fans. The draw has not benefited either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Both teams will face the best soccer teams on the continent. The matches of the Champions League will be played between August 12 and 15 from 9:00 p.m.
Zidane’s team needs to beat Manchester City to pass the round. In the first leg, the merengue team lost 1 to 2 at the Santiago Bernabéu. The second leg will be played on August 7. Real Madrid, with LaLiga already practically won, needs to stay alive in Europe and proclaim itself the champion of Europe again. In the quarters, Real Madrid will face the outgoing winning team between Olympique de Lion and Juventus.
For his part, Barça must play the second leg match against Napoli. If he passes the round, he will play against Bayern. Bayern has returned to competition more fit than ever. Last week was done with the victory of the German Cup against Leverkusen and a few weeks before he was proclaimed winner of the Bundesliga. Barça need to stay alive in European competition and win a title this season. After the last failed games in LaLiga, aware of the difficulty of revalidating the league title, the Blaugranas will have to leave their skin on the field.
Atlético de Madrid faces Red Bull Leipzig
Atlético de Madrid has the best luck in the draw. A priori, the team he faces in the quarters shouldn’t be a problem for Simeone’s team. The rojiblancos will face Red Bull Leipzig on August 13.