The second leg of our Champions League round of 16 tie against Bayern Munich will take place in Germany, UEFA have confirmed.
The Allianz Arena in Munich will be the venue, with UEFA’s statement today confirming they ‘will continue to monitor the situation and reserve the right to reassign any such matches to the venues of the final tournament of the relevant competition should new events occur that would make it impossible to play one or more matches at the original venues.’
The game will take place behind closed doors.
Bayern won the first leg at Stamford Bridge in February 3-0, with the second leg the following month postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of football.
The Bundesliga was the first major European league to resume, with Bayern winning the title by 13 points. On Saturday they beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the German Cup final. It will be their first competitive game since then, and our first at the Allianz Arena since we won the Champions League in 2012.
Once the remaining round of 16 ties are concluded, the rest of the competition will be played out as a final eight straight knockout tournament over an 11-day period in Lisbon from 12 to 23 August. Quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played as single-leg ties. These format and rule changes apply only to the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.
The draws for the remaining rounds will take place in Nyon, Switzerland tomorrow, Friday 10 July, from 11am UK time. The UEFA executive committee previously announced that the 2020/21 Champions League group stage would begin on 20 October.
As in the Premier League and FA Cup, teams will now be permitted to make up to five substitutions in a game. These changes must be made at only three breaks in play, not including half-time, between the end of normal time and extra-time, or half-time in extra-time. One additional substitution is permitted in extra-time.
The number of players available to be introduced has also been increased, with the number of substitutes increased from seven to 12.