Eight cities in six countries being considered to host second leg of Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Champions League tie on March 10… with a return to the Puskas Arena in Budapest one of the possibilities as well as venues in Italy and Romania
- Second leg of Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Leipzig won’t be at Anfield
- Eight cities in six different countries are reportedly being considered by UEFA
- A return to the first leg venue, the Puskas Arena in Budapest, is a possibility
- Venues in Italy and Romania are also being considered for game on March 10
- Leipzig would be forced to quarantine for 10 days if game was played as normal
- A number of European ties have been switched to neutral venues
Eight cities in six different countries could host the second leg of the Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Champions League tie on March 10.
Liverpool are leading the last-16 tie 2-0 after Tuesday night’s first leg, which was played on neutral territory at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
The second leg was scheduled to be played at Anfield but Leipzig won’t be able to travel to Merseyside as things stand because German government rules state they would have to quarantine for 10 days on their return.
The second leg of Liverpool’s Champions League tie with RB Leipzig is highly unlikely to be played at Anfield with eight cities in six countries being considered by UEFA
The Puskas Arena in Budapest was the neutral venue for the first leg of the tie on Tuesday
Germany has imposed strict travel restrictions in an effort to prevent the new Covid-19 strain that originated in the United Kingdom spreading there.
According to The Athletic, up to eight different cities are being considered by UEFA to stage the second leg.
One option is a return to the Puskas Arena, while venues in Italy and Romania are also being considered.
A decision on the second leg venue is expected next week with UEFA confirming that discussions with the two club and their respective Football Associations are ongoing.
Liverpool are in command of the tie after goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane gave them a healthy two-goal advantage after the first leg.
Jurgen Klopp and his team are likely to find out the venue for the second leg next week
But like Leipzig did, they will have to cede home advantage as a result of the complex travel restrictions around Europe that have seen a number of Champions League and Europa League games switched to neutral grounds.
Manchester City’s last-16, first leg tie against German club Borussia Monchengladbach will also be played at the Puskas Arena next week, while Chelsea must play Atletico Madrid in the Romanian capital Bucharest.
In the Europa League, Manchester United will play Real Sociedad at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Thursday night, while Arsenal will be ‘homeless’ for both legs of their tie with Benfica.
Portugal is one of the countries on the UK government’s ‘red list’ meaning quarantine would be necessary. Therefore, Thursday’s first leg will be at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with the return next week in Athens.
Chelsea will play the first leg of their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in Romania
The Arena Nationala in Bucharest has been chosen as the alternative venue for the last-16 tie
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