UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals between Porto and Chelsea will be held at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium. The international body reacts in this way to the restrictions imposed by the Portuguese government on flights from the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus pandemic. The second leg, in the absence of confirmation, will also be played in the Sevilla field. The duels will be played on April 7 and 13, both at 9:00 p.m. The highest body of European football has thanked the collaboration of the two clubs and the federations of England, Portugal and Spain for this tie to be played in Seville.
Spain, in this way, will host duels of two games in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, since Madrid-Liverpool will be played in Valdebebas after Spain lifted the restrictions on flights from the United Kingdom as of this 30 of March (the clash will be played next April 6). At the same time, Manchester United will be able to play their Europa League quarter-final match against Granada in Andalusia (April 8 at 9:00 p.m.).
The pandemic and the precautionary measures taken by various states has caused UEFA to have already relocated several qualifying rounds in capitals other than those of some teams in competition. For example, Atlético de Madrid had to play the first leg of their round of 16 tie against Chelsea in Bucharest. Liverpool, meanwhile, played the same round against Leipzig in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, while Manchester City also played at the Puskas Arena in the capital of Hungary. The changes of venue also affected the Europa League. Granada played the second leg of their round of 16 tie against Molde in Budapest. Arsenal played the return leg of the 1/16 round in Athens against Benfica and the first leg in Rome, while Wolfsburg hosted Tottenham in Budapest and Molde hosted Hoffenheim in Villarreal.
Oporto will return to Seville, where they won one of the European titles they wear, the 2003 UEFA Cup with José Mourinho as coach. The final was played at the La Cartuja Stadium, the venue this Saturday for the 2020 King’s Cup final between Athletic and Real Sociedad, with Portuguese victory over Celtic Glasgow 3-2. Chelsea, meanwhile, visited the Sevilla stadium this season on matchday five of the Champions League group stage. Four goals from Giroud gave the English team the victory. In addition, the Londoners have played two other times in Seville, both in the Betis field: in the 1997/98 Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals (1-2 victory with a double by Tore André Flo and a Betis goal by Alfonso) and in the group stage of the Champions League 2005/06 (loss by the minimum with so much from Dani).