The group stage of the UEFA Champions League begins and there will be action for several Argentines in the matches that will be distributed between Tuesday and Wednesday. Messi with Barcelona, Di Mara, Icardi and Paredes at PSG, Agero with Manchester City, Dybala at Juventus and Lautaro at Inter are some of the compatriots who will take to the pitch for the most important club tournament on the planet.
Although the coronavirus continues to circulate among players (like recently the superstar Cristiano Ronaldo) and threatens the celebration of matches, UEFA is nonetheless convinced that “The season can be played in its entirety, with the current format and with the final in Istanbul.”
The instance does not contemplate, for the moment, a new Final to 8 like the improvised one in August in the capital of Portugal with the eight quarter-finalists.
However, UEFA is left to decide later “principles governing the classification of clubs for the round of 16”, in case the group stage could not be completed before January 28, 2021.
At the moment, all the games are scheduled in their respective stadiums, which should allow the return of the public in some arenas.
UEFA announced a progressive return of spectators in all its competitions. Up to 30% of the capacity of each stadium can be occupied, although the maximum effective capacity will normally be lower, depending on local restrictions.
Such is the case of the duel between PSG and Manchester United, who play behind closed doors due to the curfew imposed by the French authorities, but for example there will be 5,000 fans in Rennes for the Breton team’s great debut in the Champions League against Krasnodar. The start of a long way to the end in Istanbul.
THE MATCHES OF TUESDAY:
13.55: Zenit vs. Bruges (Group F)
13.55: Dynamo Kyiv vs. Juventus (Group G)
16: Chelsea vs. Sevilla (Grupo E)
16: Rennes vs. Krasnodar (Group E)
16: Lazio vs. Borussia Dortmund (Grupo F)
16: Barcelona vs. Ferencvaros (Grupo G)
16: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United (Grupo H)
16: RB Leipzig vs. Basaksehir (Grupo H)
THE MIRCOLES PARTIES:
13.55: Salzburg vs. Lokomotiv (Group A)
13.55: Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar (Group B)
16: Bayern Munich vs. Atltico de Madrid (Group A)
16: Inter of Miln vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (Group B)
16: Manchester City vs. Porto (Group C)
16: Olympiakos vs. Olympique Marsella (Grupo C)
16: Ajax vs. Liverpool (Grupo D)
16: Midtjylland vs. Atalanta (Group D)