One-legged quarter-finals and a ‘final four’ tournament held in Istanbul: UEFA’s new plan to finish this season’s Champions League which could be rubber-stamped next month
- UEFA are ready to ditch two-legged ties in their competitions this season
- Ties from the quarter-finals onwards would be played over 90 minutes
- A ‘final four’ tournament would then take place in Istanbul in late August
- If these proposals are approved, then start of next season could be delayed
UEFA officials are preparing to ditch two-legged ties in their competitions this season before hosting a new ‘final four’ tournament in Istanbul in an attempt to finish the current campaign, according to reports.
The European governing body are looking to finish the final round of 16 ties from August 6 before squeezing in the rest of the competition before the end of the month.
According to AS, UEFA are hoping to host the semi-finals and the final of the Champions League in Istanbul, which is set to be mulled over at the organisation’s Executive Committee meeting which will be held on June 17.
UEFA are reportedly ready to ditch two-legged ties in their competitions this season
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is hoping to conclude this season’s tournaments in August
The tournament would be held in Turkey over a four-day period to allow domestic seasons to finish.
Clubs would play a one-legged semi-final and final that would be contested in Istanbul.
The proposals will be discussed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting which will be held on June 17.
Next month’s meeting, which was initially scheduled for May 27, will see the proposals put forward where clubs still in the Champions League and Europa League will learn their fate.
Should the idea get the green light, all game following the round of 16 will be contested over 90 minutes instead of the traditional two legs, freeing up more space on the calendar.
The mini-tournament in Istanbul is thought to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, in an attempt to reduce travel for the final four teams left in the competition while it has been reported to take place over a four-day period.
UEFA officials are also drawing up plans to host a final four tournament in Istanbul
The report also suggests that the Europa League’s restart date is being pencilled in for August 6, while the Champions League will get back underway on Saturday, August 8.
However, approval of the plans would also reportedly mean having to delay the start of next season, with footballers to be allowed vacations in September.
The domino-effect would also see Nations League games in September postponed, meaning the tournament itself could face a similar fate to the Euros.
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