Before the first leg was played, in the own
Atlético de Madrid
I already knew it was going to be like this, but this Wednesday it was confirmed by the UEFA, that the return will be held in the field of Chelsea.
The UEFA just confirmed that these round of 16 of the Champions
League They can be played on the Blues’ turf, while the first leg was played on neutral ground.
All round of 16 of the Champions League In which English clubs participate, they were developed on neutral ground, due to the different health protocols of each country. But for the second leg, the protocol has been relaxed and the UEFA therefore considered that the second leg Chelsea – Atlético de Madrid could be played in Stamford Bridge.
The ChelseaTherefore, he will have had the advantage of moving on neutral ground and receiving on his own ground. The second leg is scheduled for March 17 (9:00 p.m.), the Atlético de Madrid will have to win in Stamford Bridge to aspire to qualify for the quarterfinals.
At Athletic it was known in advance that that would happen but that does not mean that he did not piss off. Especially because of the lack of unity in the criteria. For example, this Thursday will be played in Athens a Arsenal-Benfica with the London box at home. Team, the one of the ‘Gunners‘, From the same city as the Chelsea.
From the mattress team, coach and players, they have not wanted to raise their voices, because deep down it is useless. “We do not spend time or energy on something we cannot decide on,” he explained. Savic on the go.
“Honestly what I think is that at this moment, with many problems for many workers, we who can play wherever and whenever, because we love football … It’s where we have to play, where we can play, we are focused in it ”, he pointed out Simeone also before playing.
But the truth is that in this case, there is a clear damage for some teams. The clearest case, that of Athletic. The mattress club not only found it financially difficult to have to play in Bucharest, but sportingly he was also at a disadvantage. Even the coach of the Chelsea He said it in the previous one.
And cases like Arsenal show that, once there was no possibility of playing at home against an English team for him Benfica, the fairest thing was to play both games away. The first leg was not played in Lisbonbut was played on Rome. And the return will be played this Thursday in Athens.
It is the only exception, because the rest of the English teams have taken advantage of this circumstance. The Leicester played smoothly in Prague. The Tottenham was measured in Budapest to the Wolfsberg Austrian. The Manchester United played before Real
Society in Turin…
And in Champions, more of the same. The City play in Budapest before him Monchengladbach, the Liverpool was also measured in this city at Leipzig. But the return will be in England in all cases.