Atletico Madrid v Chelsea Champions League match moved to Bucharest

Atletico Madrid’s house match versus Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 has actually been moved from Spain to Bucharest as an outcome of coronavirus constraints, UEFA validated on Wednesday.

The first-leg tie will be staged at the Arena Nationala in the Romanian capital.

Chelsea stated in a declaration on their site that the date of the match, February 23, and the kick-off time (2000 GMT) would stay the very same.

The 2nd leg is set up to occur at Stamford Bridge in London on March 17.

It is the current European match to be changed to a various place as an outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Spanish federal government on Tuesday extended a restriction on arrivals by air from Britain, Brazil and South Africa till March 2 over brand-new versions.

Just legal locals or nationals of Spain and the neighbouring micro-state of Andorra are presently allowed on flights from those nations.

In modifications formerly revealed, Manchester City’s very first leg of their Champions League tie versus Borussia Moenchengladbach will be played in Budapest while Liverpool’s match versus RB Leipzig has actually likewise been transferred to the Hungarian capital.

The Champions League, Europe’s leading club competitors, was greatly interrupted by the pandemic last season.

It was put on hold when sport throughout Europe was stopped in March.

UEFA then took the choice to finish the competitors as a “Final Eight” competition in Lisbon in August, without viewers. Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the last.

There have actually likewise been modifications in this season’s Europa League as an outcome of infection guidelines.

Toolbox and Manchester United have had the very first legs of their last-32 matches moved.

The Gunners will handle Benfica in Rome, while United’s conference with Genuine Sociedad has actually been changed from San Sebastian to Turin.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.