UEFA Champions League confirmed schedule, key star missing from Liverpool training and more

On which dates are the remaining 2nd leg pre-quarterfinal ties going to be played? Where will the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final take place? All these and more questions have been answered by UEFA in its Wednesday meeting.

Three months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of Europe’s elite club football competition, UEFA announced Wednesday that the 2019/20 Champions League will be completed in a mini World Cup-style knockout tournament in Portugal in August.

The four 2nd leg ties that couldn’t be played in March due to the global health crisis are going to be staged on 7th and 8th August, with the four subsequent quarter-finals scheduled to be played in four consecutive days between 12 and 15 August in the Southern European country.

Sides that will qualify from the winner-takes-all games will then be given a three-day rest before the two semi-finals are played on 18 August and 19 August, respectively. The final of the tournament will be held in Lisbon on the 23rd of August.

UEFA has further announced that Istanbul, originally the host of the 2020 Champions League final, will now host the final of the 2021 campaign.

UEFA confirm Champions League schedule
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the competition will be held in Lisbon in August (Image Copyright: imago images / PRiME Media Images xAndyxRowlandx)

Top News 2: Mohamed Salah missing from Liverpool training

Key star missing from Liverpool training
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Ahead of his side’s Sunday’s fixture against fierce rivals Everton, Jurgen Klopp put his Liverpool players through their paces at the club’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday.

Mohamed Salah was the key star missing from Liverpool’s Wednesday’s training session as the Reds prepared for their Sunday’s clash with Everton, reports Liverpool Echo.

While the Egyptian was nowhere to be seen on Melwood, it isn’t all bad news for the Reds faithful. Andy Robertson, who missed his side’s last week’s friendly against Blackburn Rovers, took part in the group training session yesterday.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain was another of the Reds’ players who were pictured in a cheerful mode, with the England international looks to have already recovered from the slight knock he picked up during last week’s friendly.

The reigning European champions need only six points from their remaining nine Premier League games to clinch the club’s first English top-flight title in three decades.


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Top News 3: Tottenham transfer target stripped off captaincy by Southampton

Tottenham transfer target stripped off captaincy by Southampton
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The 24-year-old has caught the eye of Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho with his performances for relegation-threatened Southampton this season.

Southampton have stripped midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojberg of the captaincy amid reports linking him with a summer transfer to Tottenham, head coach Ralph Hassenhuttl has confirmed.

The 24-year-old Dutch midfielder has only a year remaining on his Saints’ contract and has already indicated his desire of joining a Champions League club next season.

His employers Southampton have also resigned themselves to losing the midfielder, with chief executive Martin Semmens admitting that the club could show him the exit door if the right offer arrives.

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