Where will the Champions League final be held? Portugal emerges as new favourite to host Man City vs Chelsea clash amid UEFA issues over Wembley


The venue for the Champions League final will be confirmed this week, with Portugal the likely destination.

Manchester City take on Chelsea in an all-Premier League match in the showpiece match of Europe’s elite competition on Saturday, May 29.

The Ataturk Olympic Stadium was initially scheduled to host the final

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The Ataturk Olympic Stadium was initially scheduled to host the final

Wembley is on the table but UEFA have doubts about moving the match to the UK

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Wembley is on the table but UEFA have doubts about moving the match to the UK

The game is currently set to be staged at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

But following news that the UK Government has added Turkey to the ‘red list’ of high-risk COVID-19 countries, there have been growing calls for the final to happen in England.

Now, though, both Lisbon or Porto are being talked about as likely destinations.

Here is what we know so far…

Where will the Champions League final be held?

As it stands, City and Chelsea fans would not be permitted to travel to Istanbul.

Changing the location of the final to England would be logical but inevitably, the idea has thrown up a host of questions and UEFA and the British government held talks on Monday about moving the match to Wembley.

Chelsea will take on Man City in the Champions League final – but where will it take place?

Chelsea will take on Man City in the Champions League final – but where will it take place?

The Times reported that major issues failed to be resolved in that meeting and that Portugal is now emerging as the favourite to host the final.

The UK still has strict quarantine rules in place for visitors from many European countries but UEFA are said to be insistent there should be exemptions for all of its staff, as well sponsors and VIPs.

Another sticking point is said to be the crowd, with The Times’ report claiming the UEFA want the capacity at Wembley raised from 10,000 to 22,500.

Now Porto and Lisbon have emerged as strong candidates to host the final as Portugal have no restrictions on visitors into the country and is on the UK’s ‘green list’.

However, travellers would have to take a COVID test within two days of their return.

Lisbon was the chosen city to host last season’s Champions League final

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Lisbon was the chosen city to host last season’s Champions League final

Estádio do Dragão could now be the host venue

Estádio do Dragão could now be the host venue

The Portuguese Football Federation is understood to be ready to step in to help as it did last year at short notice when Lisbon played host to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Talks with UEFA and government officials are expected to resume on Tuesday with a decision on the venue to be made by Wednesday at the latest.

Manchester City face Chelsea in the final on Saturday, May 29.

That is the same day as the Championship play-off final.

However, the EFL is understood to be willing to switch their flagship match to a different date if UEFA do want to move the Champions League final to Wembley.



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