The quartet finals of the revamped 2020 Champions League are now complete after Bayern Munich and Barcelona wrapped up their respective aggregate wins on Saturday night.
Despite the popular view that Bayern Munich look the most polished side in the competition, it’s still England’s Manchester City that are the bookmakers’ favourites.
Pep’s team are now 21/10 to win their first ever Champions League, with Bayern Munich closely following behind on 3/1.
PSG are 5/1, while Barcelona are 7/1. The Catalans play Munich in the quarter-finals. This might go some way to explaining why Munich aren’t the current favourites.
Should the Bavarians dispatch Barcelona on Friday 14th August, then I expect to see Munich take the role of Champions League favourites.
Manchester City are also in the same side of the draw as Munich, so it’s obvious that both bookmakers and punters believe the winners will come from this half of the draw.
Champions League 2020 Format and Schedule
In order to get the 2020 Champions League competition completed quickly and as safely as possible, UEFA have rescheduled a mini tournament to be played in Lisbon across 12 days.
Once the outstanding Round of 16 second legs have been completed, the competition takes on a World Cup style format.
Instead of two legged home and away fixtures, ties will instead be straight knock out matches.
These fixtures are one-off matches, that will be decided on the night. If 90 minutes ins’t enough, then extra-time and penalties will be used.
This is a one-off break from the conventional format due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. UEFA decided that playing all the matches in one city is the safest and most efficient way to complete the competition.
With the final at the Estádio da Luz on Sunday 23rd August.
Rescheduled Champions League Draw 2020
Quarter Final Draw
QF 1 – Wednesday 12th August – 8pm
- Atalanta V PSG
QF 2 – Thursday 13th August – 8pm
- RB Leipzig V Atletico Madrid
QF 3 – Friday 14th August – 8pm
- Barcelona V Bayern Munich
QF 4 – Saturday 15th August – 8pm
- Man City V Lyon
Tuesday 18th August – 8pm
- Winners of QF 2 (RB Leipzig/Atletico Madrid) V Winners of QF 1 (Atalanta/PSG)
Wednesday 19th August – 8pm
- Winners of QF 4 (Man City/Lyon) V Winners of QF 3 (Barcelona/Bayern Munich)
Sunday 23rd August – 8pm – Estádio da Luz
Champions League 2020 FAQ
Now that Bayern and Barca have both confirmed their places, the eight teams are complete.
The eight Champions League quarter final teams are Atalanta, PSG, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Man City and Lyon.
4 of the above quarter-finalists will play in the Champions League sem-finals.
The final of the 2020 Champions League is too be played at Lisbon’s Estádio da Luz (Stadium of Light) on Sunday 23rd August.
It was originally due to be played in Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium. But due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the original plans were scrapped for the revamped competition.
The Champions League mini tournament is being held in Lisbon, Portugal.
Two venues are being used, the Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade. The former will be hosting the final on Sunday 23rd August.