Champions League Draw 2020: Schedule of Dates for Quarters, Semis Fixtures

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2020

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 08: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona shoots on goal during the warm up before the Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on July 08, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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UEFA held the draw for the remainder of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League on Friday, which was in the midst of the round of 16 when play was halted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament will shift to a single-match format beginning in the quarter-finals, when the entire competition moves to Lisbon, Portugal. The remaining last-16 matches will take place at the relevant teams' home stadiums (if possible under COVID-19 guidelines).

                   

UEFA Champions League Draw

Quarter-Finals (Aug. 12-16)

  • Real Madrid or Manchester City vs. Lyon or Juventus
  • RB Leipzig vs. Atletico Madrid
  • Napoli or Barcelona vs. Chelsea or Bayern Munich
  • Atalanta vs. Paris Saint-Germain

                   

Semi-Finals (Aug. 18-19)

  • Real Madrid, Manchester City, Lyon or Juventus vs. Napoli, Barcelona, Chelsea or Bayern Munich
  • RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs. Atalanta or Paris Saint-Germain

              

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The tournament final will be played Aug. 23.

               

Analysis

Atletico Madrid knocked out reigning champions Liverpool, and with the benefit of a favorable draw on Friday, Los Colchoneros are once again a chief contender after recent finals appearances in 2014 and 2016.

Meanwhile, the opposite side of the bracket is stacked with several of the most prominent clubs in Europe. A potential semi-final showdown between Lionel Messi's Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus is possible, though Barca face a tough fight with Napoli to reach the quarters.

Manchester City also reside on that side of the draw and could face the additional pressure of knowing it's the club's last chance to win the tournament in the immediate future as they await a ruling on an appeal of their two-year ban from European club competitions. A decision is expected on Monday.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin recently told ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti the governing body has to remain "flexible" as it attempts to complete the UCL and the Europa League:

"We have to be flexible. In our jobs and in our lives. We are literally assessing the situation every day. We will continue to do so until July 9, and then we will decide whether it will be possible to play with spectators on a reduced capacity basis. That's the deadline. The draw for the final phase is the next day. But by July 9, we'll have a medical protocol in place, and we'll be able to decide. I can tell you that as of right now there would be no spectators."

A final decision about fans hasn't been announced.

City and Bayern Munich are the co-favorites (3-1) heading into the resumption of play in August, according to Oddschecker. They are followed by PSG (5-1), Barcelona (7-1) and Atletico (10-1).

The Champions League trophy has been awarded every year since it was established for the 1955-56 season. Real Madrid took home the inaugural championship.