UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin stated that the ‘Final Eight’ format for the Champions League won’t be repeated sooner or later.
The ‘Final Eight’ format for the Champions League won’t be repeated in future, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has instructed AFP, saying it’s “impossible” to seek out area in an already packed calendar. “This tournament might be interesting in the future, but I don’t think we can do it, because the calendar is so dense,” Ceferin instructed AFP in a unique interview in Lisbon, the place this season’s Champions League is being performed to a conclusion.
“I don’t know where I can put a tournament for a week or two in May. I think it’s impossible,” he stated.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA was busy considering adjustments to the format of the Champions League from 2024 onwards.
This 12 months, all ties from the quarter-finals onwards are being performed as one-off matches behind closed doorways within the Portuguese capital as UEFA rushes to complete the competitors after an enforced hiatus of 5 months due to the pandemic.
This season’s ultimate was alleged to be performed in Istanbul at the finish of May. Now it’ll go forward in an empty Estadio da Luz on August 23, with the Turkish metropolis having been awarded the internet hosting of subsequent 12 months’ ultimate as an alternative.
But that’s topic to the pandemic being below management by then.
“I am optimistic by nature, and I think that things will get better into next year and we will have normal football back, good old football with spectators, so we don’t have a Plan B,” Ceferin stated.
“You have to know that until March we didn’t have any plan, and then we had a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, so we will adapt but I am sure the world cannot stop forever because of this virus,” added Ceferin, the Slovenian who turned president of European soccer’s governing physique in 2016.
“I expect a vaccine, as soon as possible I hope, so no, we don’t have a plan to do the same competition next year.”
– ‘Moments of nervousness’ –
Ceferin was talking the day after Paris Saint-Germain beat Atalanta 2-1 in a dramatic first quarter-final of the competitors.
The ‘Final Eight’ is going down in strict situations, together with common testing and the variety of individuals coming into stadiums stored to a minimum.
On Thursday, Atletico Madrid plays RB Leipzig in the second quarter-final, with the Spaniards arriving in Portugal after a scare on the weekend when it was revealed two of their gamers had examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Ceferin stated he was at all times assured the Champions League can be accomplished, together with the Europa League, which is being performed to an end in comparable situations in Germany.