The European Cups are back this week. Before the Champions League this weekend, the Europa League resumes this Wednesday. The 2nd continental competition was suspended on March 12 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Une UEL which takes up in an unpublished formula which will play a part in the uncertainty and which will have the merit of shuffling all the cards.
On June 17, theUEFA made a historic decision… Play the ¼, ½ and the final of theEuropa league in a knockout tournament August 10-21. All in a single round (no more round trips) in four German cities: Cologne (seat of the final), Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen located a few tens of km from the Belgian border.
It is the country that gives the best health guarantees. The epidemic is there for the moment well contained. The teams will have to respect a strict health protocol and except for training and playing, they will not leave their hotel. The matches will of course be held behind closed doors.
Note that the 1/8 final, which did not take place in the first leg, will also be played over a single round on neutral ground in Germany … This is the case of Inter – Getafe from this Wednesday (to follow live on 2 TV with Vincent Langendries and Alex Teklak in the comments) and Roma – Sevilla, Thursday. Thes six other matches, where the first leg could have been played, will normally be played in the home team’s stadium.
AAnother new application from this evening, the possibility of replacing 5 players and registering 23 instead of 18 on the score sheet.
This new formula risks redistributing the cards… Even if the drawing of lots for the quarter-finals was carried out beforehand, it is still necessarydifficult to point to a favorite.
With the resumption of major championships, the organizations were put to the test and theInter of Romelu Lukaku played 12 matches in 39 days.
For his part, Manchester United argued 11 in 31 days, but Reds Devils benefited from an additional week of rest.
It remains to be hoped that the show will be there because the stakes are high. A European trophy and for some a participation in the next Champions League is now only four matches away.