Scorching August with Champions League decisions
This Tuesday we will have an important meeting of UEFA with 55 associations to define a new schedule for the rest of this season’s European competitions. According to the Italian channel Sky Sports, the month of August will be able to bring together what remains to be disputed…
22 MAD DAYS IN AUGUST
Taking into account the pandemic evolution that has been registered, it is evident that it would be very complicated and risky to resume national and European competitions during the month of June, and even July could pose some dangers, so everything indicates that UEFA will even wake up with the remaining federations a scorching end of the season in the hot month of August.
According to the Italian channel Sky Sports, the idea of UEFA is to bring together the remaining matches of the Champions League between 07 and 29 August. Naturally, this presupposes matches every three days for a period of 22 days that will allow the remaining matches of the Eighth Finals to be concluded and the next rounds to be held until the Grand Final, which should take place at the Ataturk stadium in Istanbul.
The same plan should be applied in the Europa League with the competition and be able to restart a little earlier – on the 2nd or 3rd of August – and to end on the 27th at the Gdansk Arena, in Poland. But will this really be possible given the domestic competitions that are also still on hold?
DOMESTIC COMPETITIONS CAN TAKE THE SAME WAY
The possibility for UEFA to choose this system to conclude the European events will remove space in the domestic calendar in August, so it is urgent to conclude the internal competitions by the end of July. But is this possible in the current context? Honestly, I believe so if the responsible authorities authorize competitions to follow their plans, even if behind closed doors.
The vast majority of European leagues will have around 10 rounds left to play, and given the fact that European competitions will only return in August, this should allow for two rounds a week. This should make it possible for the main European leagues to be completed in five weeks, that is, in just over a month.
Looking at the probable future events, we can say that a return to the training of the main European teams around 20/25 May should allow space for a resumption of the events in mid-June, which would make it possible to conclude the domestic events. with that month-and-a-half time span between mid-June and the end of July.
In short, this UEFA solution can even make the calendar easier, taking into account that it will allow the associations of the most diverse countries to conclude their competitions during the months of June and July without having any concern with the European competitions, now scheduled for August.
EXTENDED SEASON BEFORE INFERNAL 2021
When two months of a highly filled calendar are lost, it is normal for everything to become more difficult, and although the solution now pointed out seems to be interesting and may enable the conclusion of the current season, the truth is that it will end far beyond than expected.
In any case, there will be few teams in activity in August since European competitions are already at a relatively advanced stage, and the next season should only start in October, thus granting more than a month to the finalists of the Champions League rest, more than enough time, especially after a season played at two speeds that contained a long break in the middle.
In 2020/21 we will have several national team competitions in the final phase of the season with Euro 2020 and the Copa America, but everything indicates that things will end up going well if there is no regression in the current pandemic evolution of the Covid-19 that stopped practically the entire planet.
If the growing resumption of usual activities during the month of May brings good news with regard to controlling the spread of the new coronavirus, then competitions should even resume their campaigns during the month of June enabling UEFA and its associations to fulfill their plans for an organized completion of domestic and European campaigns in the chaotic 2019/20 season.
As football lovers, we can only hope that everything goes smoothly and that in just over a month we can have our much desired high-level football back on the world screens and stadiums, even if behind closed doors.