Zidane, at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium during Real Madrid-Atalanta.PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AF
P Real Madrid first exiled themselves from the Santiago Bernabéu due to the absence of public and to accelerate the remodeling works, and in the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Liverpool may also have to leave Valdebebas. The celebration at Di Stéfano on Tuesday 6 April of the first leg against the reds is now in the air. In fact, with current regulations, if the clash were held this weekend, the white club would have to go to another stadium in another country.
Real Madrid – Liverpool, two giants in the forward Atlético-Chelsea of the Champions League will play in Bucharest
10 days ago, the central government extended until March 30 the restrictions on entry into Spain by air and sea of citizens from the United Kingdom due to the incidence of the British strain of the coronavirus . A measure that is also applicable to those who want to arrive on flights from Brazil and South Africa. In the next few days, the Executive of Pedro Sánchez will decide whether to extend these measures, as it has been doing since the end of December, lift them or soften them.
In the event that they continue to apply them, Real Madrid will have to play the first leg in another a country free from these limitations and in a stadium approved by UEFA to host a Champions League match.
This is what happened to Atlético and Real Sociedad . The rojiblancos traveled to Bucharest to play the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Chelsea and the Donostiarras did it to Turin against Manchester United in the round of 32 of the Europa League. the return matches will be held at a neutral venue to cushion the damage of going home many miles away. However, UEFA was adamant and reminded them that the rules agreed at the beginning of the season to deal with this situation arising from the covid made it clear that they remained the host teams despite the matches taking place in other countries. , in Anfield
Although there are still a few days to know the Government's decision, the logical thing is that Real Madrid is already working on alternatives in coordination with UEFA. The chosen stadium should meet a minimum of conditions and infrastructure. In a non-negotiable way, you have to be prepared for the VAR. In addition, the hypothetical transfer could not cause any damage or alteration to the equipment that makes regular use of these facilities. And, finally, the host country does not have to put any barrier to the entry of citizens from the two affected countries.
For which there will be no problems, except for an unforeseen turn, it is in the return. Madrid will do it at Anfield on Wednesday April 14. Spain is not on the UK entry blacklist. Atlético and Real Sociedad also played their return games at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.
They have not been the only ones affected by these restrictions. The English double duel of the Champions League round of 16, Liverpool-Leipzig and Manchester City-Borussia Mönchengladbach, took place entirely outside England and Germany. The four matches of both crosses were taken to the Puskas Arena in Budapest. In the Europa League, the Molde-Hoffenheim round-of-32 clash was held in Vila-real due to the limitations in Norway.
This disorder occurs when UEFA has not yet decided whether next summer's Eurocup, scheduled for 12 venues (Bilbao is a of them), maintains its format and geographic diversity.
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