Manchester City and Real Madrid will play the second leg of their round of 16 tie in the Champions League in Manchester. Spanish media, including AS, report that the UEFA are prepared to allow the match to be played at the Etihad Stadium rather than in Lisbon due to concerns related to the coronacrisis.
The United Kingdom’s recent easing of the quarantine rules have changed the opinion of the UEFA and they will now allow the game to be played in Manchester. City wanted to try and persuade the UEFA to allow them to host the tie in their own stadium and claim home advantage.
Real Madrid, however, were angling to have the game played in the capital of Portugal on neutral ground. But, with the recent lockdown rules in Lisbon, the UEFA is considered to swap the venue back to its original location. Man City hold a 2-1 lead over Madrid after the English giants grabbed a narrow win at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this year.
UPDATE: UEFA confirm locations for round of 16 second leg
The UEFA have confirmed that the remaining matches in the Round of 16 will be played at the home team’s stadiums as it was originally planned. Because of the coronacrisis pandemic the UEFA considered to host the remaining second leg games at neutral ground, but after meeting with the clubs and city representatives on Thursday the UEFA they decided the home teams may all host the games.