Chelsea and Manchester City secured their tickets to the 2020-2021 Champions League final this week by eliminating Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain respectively in the semi-finals. The two teams are to face each other on May 29, in Istanbul, to find out which of the Blues or Skyblues will lift the cup with big ears this season. However, the holding of this final in Turkey is questioned. The reason ? The UK has Turkey on its travel red list. A measure involving isolation for 10 days in a dedicated hotel in the event of travel to one of these countries during the 10 days preceding arrival on British territory.
And according to the information of the very serious Telegraph Across the Channel, the British government is discussing with UEFA with a view to relocating the C1 final to England. If the final were to be played as planned in Istanbul, the quarantine imposed on English players could indeed seriously compromise the preparation of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions before Euro 2020. Wembley, which is due to host the Championship play-off final on same day, should not be withheld for last minute changes. Villa Park and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the grounds of Aston Villa and Tottenham, could be chosen to host the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City. Still according to the Telegraph, the British government does not rule out the idea of exempting English internationals from quarantine upon their return, but that would not solve the problem of fans being forced to self-isolate, which is at their expense (around 2,000 €), upon their return to the United Kingdom. The puzzle remains intact …