After five months without European matches, the Europa League (Wednesday) and Champions League (Friday) will resume this week and you can draw some conclusions beforehand. We will probably have a surprising club in the Champions League final, the chance of extra time and penalties is greater than ever in the quarterfinals and the semi-finals and for Ajax the outcome is extremely important.
Ajax is watching tense
Ajax was eliminated in the Champions League in December and the Europa League adventure ended two months later, but it will still be exciting weeks for the Amsterdam club. As the number one of the last Eredivisie season - the small chance that UEFA AZ will still call number one - Ajax will be admitted directly to the main tournament of the Champions League next season, unless Olympique Lyon or Napoli have the 'cup with the big ears' wins.
Of the remaining twelve Champions League clubs, Lyon and Napoli are the only ones who have not qualified through the competition for next season's edition. Champions League wins will result in Napoli or Lyon direct placement for the coming season, at the expense of the direct ticket from the Netherlands. In that case Ajax is sentenced to play preliminary rounds.
The management of Ajax will therefore toast if Lyon does not make it on Friday in the return of the eighth final against Juventus, after the first match in France for the corona crisis was won 1-0 by the Memphis Depay team. Napoli meets FC Barcelona a day later. The first leg in Italy ended in 1-1.
Program remaining eight final matches CL
- Friday: Juventus-Olympique Lyon (0-1)
- Friday: Manchester City-Real Madrid (2-1)
- Saturday: Bayern Munich-Chelsea (3-0)
- Saturday: FC Barcelona-Napoli (1-1)
- Atalanta, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Atlético Madrid have already qualified for the quarterfinals
Summary Olympique Lyon-Juventus (1-0)
Final place for club that never won Champions League
Unlike in previous seasons, UEFA has already 'drawn through' for the remainder of the Europa League and the Champions League, instead of the clubs going back into the box after each round. Both the Europa League and the Champions League therefore now have a left and a right side of the schedule and it can be deduced from this that a club that has never won the Champions League (or the predecessor European Cup I) has in any case won the final of the millions ball.
These are Atalanta, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Atlético Madrid who will compete for a place in the final battle in the quarterfinals and then the semifinals. On the other side of the schedule are European superpowers such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus, FC Barcelona and also Napoli and Lyon.
In the Europa League we already know that Olympiacos, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sevilla, AS Roma, LASK, Manchester United, Istanbul Başakşehir or FC Copenhagen will make the final battle. Opponent will be Internazionale, Getafe, Rangers FC, Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Eintracht Frankfurt or FC Basel.
Remaining eight-final matches EL
- Wednesday: Istanbul Başakşehir-FC Copenhagen (1-0)
- Wednesday: LASK-Manchester United (0-5)
- Wednesday: VfL Wolfsburg-Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2)
- Wednesday: Internazionale-Getafe (first leg canceled)
- Thursday: Olympiacos-Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-1)
- Thursday: Rangers FC-Bayer Leverkusen (1-3)
- Thursday: Eintracht Frankfurt-FC Basel (0-3)
- Thursday: Sevilla-AS Roma (first leg canceled)
Summary Real Madrid-Manchester City (1-2)
Much greater chance of extra time and penalties
In just nineteen days, both the remainder of the Europa League (final on August 21 in Cologne) and that of the Champions League (final on August 23 in Lisbon) will be completed.
Because of the coronavirus, it is played in empty stadiums and from the quarterfinals in one country: the Europa League in four cities in Germany and the Champions League in two stadiums in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
The biggest change, however, is that the quarterfinals and semifinals are not a diptych, but only one game. The chance of extension and even penalties is therefore much greater. The two eighth finals in the Europa League with the first leg canceled (Internazionale-Getafe and Sevilla-AS Roma) are also decided on one game.
Stadiums during European final phase
- Europa League: RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Merkur Spiel Arena in Düsseldorf, Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen and MSV Arena in Duisburg
- Champions League: Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon and Estádio da Luz in Lisbon
Summary Chelsea-Bayern Munich (0-3)
Huge difference in competition rhythm between clubs
Because one league resumed earlier than the other and the French Ligue 1 (with PSG and Lyon as Champions League delegates) and the Scottish Premiership (with Rangers still in the Europa League) were not completed, the difference in match rhythm between the clubs huge.
For example, Lyon have only played one official game (Coupe de la Ligue final) in the past five months, while Juventus has just finished the Serie A season, which was completed at a killer pace, grabbing just next to the Coppa Italia in between.
The English clubs also start the rest of the European season by finishing the Premier League match fit (or tired). The German Bundesliga was resumed as the first top league, but the last official match of the European participants Bayern Munich (CL), RB Leipzig (CL), Bayer Leverkusen (EL), Eintracht Frankfurt (EL) and VfL Wolfsburg (EL) is therefore more than a month ago.
Number of official CL club matches after corona stop
- Juventus - 14 (Serie A and Coppa Italia)
- Napoli - 14 (Serie A and Coppa Italia)
- Manchester City - 13 (Premier League and FA Cup)
- Atalanta - 13 (Series A)
- Chelsea U12 (Premier League and FA Cup)
- Bayern Munich - 11 (Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal)
- FC Barcelona - 11 (La Liga)
- Atlético Madrid - 11 (La Liga)
- Real Madrid - 11 (La Liga)
- RB Leipzig - 9 (Bundesliga)
- Paris Saint Germain - 2 (Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue)
- Olympique Lyon - 1 (Coupe de La Ligue)
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