Puskás Aréna could be a substitute venue for multiple Champions League knockout matches. (Photo: archive)


Currently, like in Germany, it is not possible to travel to Spain from Great Britain. Since neither the German nor Spanish government wish to make exception to the English football teams, a substitute venue is necessary for the RB Leipzig–Liverpool match scheduled for February 16 and for the Atlético Madrid–Chelsea game on February 23 in the Champions League knockout stage.

We've previously reported that the Leipzig-Liverpool game could be held in Puskás Aréna in Budapest as a possible venue (after the Hungarian capital hosted the Bayern München-Sevilla Super Cup in the fall), and on Friday several French sources reported that the Atlético-Chelsea match could also take place in Budapest.

Sofoot.com quotes a Spanish journalist: Antonio Ruiz said in a sports program that football teams should not be exempt from the entry ban issued by the Iberian Parliament, so Atlético is already exploring where they could host the match. According to Ruiz, negotiations with the Principality of Monaco and Hungary have started, so the Stade Luis II or the Puskás Aréna could be considered as a substitute venue.

The portal mentions that, due to regulations in Portugal, the location of the Benfica–Arsenal match in the Europa League may also be in question. However, after February 17 restrictions may be relaxed in several countries (the current legislation is in force in Germany until February 17), so the situation may still change before the next Europa League round on February 18.

FIRST ROUND (behind closed doors)
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

9pm: RB Leipzig (Germany)–Liverpool (England)
9pm: FC Barcelona (Spain)–Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
9pm: FC Porto (Portugal)–Juventus (Italy)
9pm: Sevilla (Spain)–Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Lazio (Italy)–Bayern München (Germany)
9pm: Atlético Madrid (Spain)–Chelsea (England)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)–Manchester City (England)
9pm: Atalanta (Italy)–Real Madrid (Spain)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Juventus (Italy)–FC Porto (Portugal)
9pm: Borussia Dortmund (Germany)–Sevilla (Spain)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
9pm: Liverpool (England)–RB Leipzig (Germany)
9pm: Paris Saint-Germain (France)–FC Barcelona (Spain)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
9pm: Manchester City (England)–Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
9pm: Real Madrid (Spain)–Atalanta (Italy)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Bayern München (Germany)–Lazio (Italy)
9pm: Chelsea (England)–Atlético Madrid (Spain)

TO TOP 16 (behind closed doors)
Wolfsberg (Austria)–Tottenham Hotspur (England)
Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)–FC Bruges (Belgium)
Real Sociedad (Spain)–Manchester United (England)
Benfica (Portugal)–Arsenal (England
Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)–Milan (Italy)
Royal Antwerp (Belgium)–Rangers FC (Scotland)
Slavia Praha (Czech Republic)–Leicester City (England)
FC Salzburg (Austria)–Villarreal (Spain)
Sporting Braga (Portugal)–AS Roma (Italy)
FK Krasnodar (Russia)–Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Young Boys (Switzerland)–Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Molde (Norway)–Hoffenheim (Germany)
Granada (Spain)–Napoli (Italy)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)–Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
Lille (France)–Ajax (Netherlands)
Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece)–PSV (Netherlands)

The first matches will take place on February 18, 2021 and the rematches are scheduled for February 25– except for the rematch between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolfsberg, which will be played on February 24 at 6pm.

Translated by Vanda Orosz