The first duel of the Lisbon Bubble between PSG and Atalanta will take place this afternoon. A review of the unprecedented edition of the current Champions League
The anomalous Champions League will continue from today with the cross between Atalanta and Paris Saint Germain , the kickoff for an edition that will remain engraved in the memory of all due to the particularity of being held in a single venue and unique matches from the quarter-final round. The coronavirus pandemic also caused the duels to be behind closed doors and the stadiums chosen in Lisbon were Da Luz and José Alvalade .
All matches, from here to the final, will start at 4:00 p.m. Argentine time and 9:00 p.m. local time. Among the modifications in the regulations, it is worth highlighting: 1) the teams may make five changes per game and one more if the definition extends to overtime (a total of 23 players can be called, five more than before the pandemic); and 2) clubs were able to include players on the roster who were not on the initial bona fide roster but were required to join the professional roster in February. At the same time, it was confirmed that in the event of a tie there will be an extension of 30 minutes (divided into two halves of 15) and if the penalty shoot-out persists.
There is a 75% chance that this Orejona will be lifted by a first-timer : the only ones who ever knew how to taste the honeys of continental success are Barcelona and Bayern Munich , who will be eliminated this Friday. The other six Bubble teams in Portugal aspire to embroider their first star in this competition.
The absent ones. Atalanta, Cinderella of this Champions League, will deprive themselves of having their goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini (Marco Sportiello will be among the sticks). For his part, Thomas Tuchel announced that he will have Kylian Mbappé despite the fact that he has a sprained right ankle. Ángel Di María drags a suspension game and will watch it from the outside, as will the injured Marco Verrati and Layvin Kurzawa.
RB Leipzig is waiting for the evolution of its midfielder Marcel Halstenberg, who is suffering from a muscular ailment, while Cholo Simeone will not have the Croatian Sime Vrsaljko and the Argentine Ángel Correa (positive for COVID-19). Under the magnifying glass is the Ghanaian Thomas.
The team that received good news was Barcelona, since they will be able to count on Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal , who purged their suspension date. Samuel Umtiti (injured) and Brazilian Arthur (in conflict with the club) will not be part of the game. They rush Ousmane Dembélé to arrive in conditions. The only loss (due to injury) of the Bavarians led by Hans-Dieter Flick will be that of the French side Benjamin Pavard .
Here Are The Champions League Final 8 Schedule
Wednesday, August 12 : Atalanta vs. PSG (Da Luz Stadium)
Thursday August 13 : RB Leipzig vs. Atletico Madrid (José Alvalade Stadium)
Friday August 14 : Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich (Da Luz Stadium)
Saturday, August 15 : Manchester City vs. Olympique de Lyon (José Alvalade Stadium)
Tuesday August 18 : Atalanta / PSG vs. RB Leipzig vs. Atlético Madrid (Da Luz Stadium)
Wednesday August 19 : Barcelona / Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City / Lyon (José Alvalade Stadium)
Sunday, August 23 (Da Luz Stadium)
All matches will start at 4:00 p.m. Argentine time and 9:00 p.m. local time