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Champions League Final Eight shifted from Istanbul to Portugal

UEFA and the ECA are formally considering a Champions League Plan B, a Final Eight competition in Portugal that will conclude on 22 August.

By completing the Round of 16 ties which are still halfway through, then the remaining home and away fixtures, the plan is to finish the tournament in its normal format.

It will run from August 4 to 29, approximately.

The Executive Committee of UEFA and the Association of European Clubs, whose president is Juventus leader Andrea Agnelli, are considering a Plan B, according to Mundo Deportivo.

It will be a form to condense the matches into a Final Eight contest, made up of one-off games determined in extra time or after penalties on the night.

It would also decrease travel during a pandemic and not only encourage the clubs to reduce the number of games.

Istanbul was due to host the final of the Champions League but security concerns could see it move.

Mundo Deportivo suggests since this nation was largely untouched by COVID-19, Portugal, and specifically, Lisbon would be the perfect host.

There would be no home advantage because all the Portuguese clubs have already been excluded from the Champions League. After hosting Euro 2004, their stadiums are still very new.

Even Germany had been considered as a possible host, but Portugal would address those other problems.

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