Porto to host Champions League final with 12,000 City and Chelsea fans to attend

On Thursday, UEFA finally announced that Porto are to host the 2021 Champions League final.

The Estadio do Dragao will host the match on 29th May. The announcement comes after days of speculation.

Furthermore to the announcement on the change of venue, it was also confirmed that 6000 fans from each club will also be allowed to attend.

Covid-19 Restrictions behind move to switch 2021 Champions League Final to Porto

The match was originally due to be staged at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. Due to Covid-19 restrictions surrounding Turkey though, UEFA have decided to move the venue.

Wembley Stadium in London was touted as a possible alternative. This move looked on the cards earlier in the week, but the UK Government couldn't reach a satisfactory arrangement on quarantine exemptions for UEFA's VIPs and sponsors.

This will be the second year running Portugal has staged the match. Last season Bayern Munich and PSG played their Champions League final in Lisbon. The German side won 1-0.

Tight schedule to increase pressure on players and managers

The Champions League final is scheduled to take place on Saturday 29th May. This is just under 2 weeks before the start of Euro 2020.

The close proximity between the end of the domestic seasons and the start of the Euros is a major headache for the managers of nations who have qualified for the finals.

England manager Gareth Southgate has already been hit with the news that Harry Maguire has injured ankle ligaments. The England boss will have his fingers crossed that no more of his players go down with knocks.

At this moment in time the first match is just over 4 weeks away, and the best betting offers for euro 2020 are starting to emerge.

With this competition also expected to be a symbol of a return to some sort of normality after the Covid-19 pandemic, all eyes will be on the event. This further enhanced publicity will no doubt result in bookmakers making their betting offers even more attractive.

In the latest football betting for Euro 2020, England are 11/2 favourites. They are closely followed by Belgium and France, both on 6/1. The Champions of 2008 and 2012, Spain, are next in the betting at 7/1.

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