UEFA announce dates and format for Champions League and Europa League


The two clubs were originally due to face off against one another back in March but the global Coronavirus crisis led to the matches being postponed.

Uefa is set to complete the Champions League with a "Final Eight" tournament held over 11 days in Lisbon, according to a plan which will be presented to their executive committee for ratification today.

Inter also confirm that the remaining last 16 matches will either kick off at 18:55 CET or 21:00 CET and all matches after the last 16 will kick off at 21:00 CET.

The plan allows for a quicker completion of the season than the traditional two-legged home and away format, but that does mean the competition will have six fewer games - which will cost Uefa broadcast revenue.

UEFA have announced changes to next seasons Champions League qualifiers and they will have huge ramifications for Celtic.

Clubs will be allowed to register three new players for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, provided such players had already joined the club by February, but they would have to replace existing players as the squad maximum remains at 25.

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Will Celtic reach the Champions League group stages?

Also, the semifinals of the Champions League will be only one fixture and the final will be played on August 23 in Cologne. The Polish city will host the 2021 final. Next year's original host, St. Petersburg, Russia, will instead be the site in 2022.

Sources have told ESPN that the close proximity of Lisbon's two stadiums - both built to host games at Euro 2004 - and ease of travel within a city with a high number of hotels make it well-equipped to accommodate eight squads and stage this summer's mini-tournament.

Celtic will be entering the draw alongside outfits such as Astana, Red Star Belgrade and Molde at this stage but thankfully we can not draw any of them due to the seeding situation.

The Champions League will be resumed in August. "It would be incompetent for us to decide in advance about an uncertain situation".

Well they exist close to home as well as further afield with Connah's Quay Nomads of Wales a potential opponent after the curtailment of the Welsh Premier League as well as Riga FC of Latvia and KR Reykjavik of Iceland.