UEFA President Explains Special Plan for Champions League & Europa League

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UEFA are still planning to play the remaining Champions League and Europa League fixtures for this campaign, even if it cuts into next season.

The Mirror report UEFA are currently planning to finish this season’s Champions League and Europa League in a three-week block in August. The domestic leagues would kick off by mid-June and conclude in July, leaving August for European fixtures.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin already ruled out postponing the Champions League and Europa League into September and beyond. However, he’s happy to play matches behind-closed-doors to complete the campaign and honour broadcasting commitments.

The August fixtures would clash with the start of the 2020/21 season. It seems the plan is simply for the teams involved to catch up later in the campaign.

For a club like Chelsea, who will almost certainly go out to Bayern, it’s only one game anyway. At worst, for a team like United to complete the Europa League, it could be six games. That could still only take three weeks if they squeeze the matches in.

Ideally, England would do the same thing with the FA Cup matches, giving them their own timeslot. Having all the games mixed in together is going to pack the schedule for a team like Arsenal, who could have up to 13 matches. Meanwhile, the likes of Spurs have nine. That’s certainly going to impact league results.

That’s up to the FA to organise, though. From UEFA’s point of view, a separate CL-ending event makes sense.

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