Chelsea to play Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on August 7 or 8
Chelsea will play the Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Bayern Munich on August 7 or 8, UEFA confirmed.
After a video conference meeting today, the UEFA executive committee has released a new plan for the remainder of the Champions League and the Europa League.
The UEFA statement reads: “The remaining Round of 16 second-leg matches will be played on the 7/8 August, pending a decision on whether they will take place at the home team’s stadiums or in Portugal.
“Quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be played as a final eight straight knock-out tournament at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon between 12 and 23 August 2020.”
The quarterfinals will take place on August 12-15, the semifinals on August 18 and 19, and the final at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23.
This means the Blues will face Bayern on either August 7 or 8, with the latter bagging a huge 3-0 away win advantage in the first leg in February.
The UEFA has also made some changes on the regulations involving team registration and substitutions during the matches.
Each team will be allowed to register three new players to their ‘List A’ for the remainder of the tournament, providing such players were “already registered and eligible for the club since the last registration deadline” (February 3 for the Champions League and the Europa League).
It means Chelsea would not be able to add Hakim Ziyech who is expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge soon to their squad to play against Bayern.
The same principle applies to other potential summer signings such as Timo Werner.