But it soon became apparent hat was overly optimistic.
With many leagues across Europe, including the English Premier League fixtures, resuming, attention now turns to the continent’s showpiece. UEFA is set to announce the format for the latter stages of the Champions League at a key meeting on Wednesday which will also raise the thorny issue of the postponed, pan-continental Euro 2020.
Like most professional sport around the world, the Champions League was put on ice in March – without the completion of the last 16 stage.
Europe’s football governing body had hoped to finish its flagship competition– along with the Europa League and women’s Champions League – by the end of June.
Nevertheless, UEFA has for some time been working on a way of completing its season in August, which looks feasible as leagues restart and the European death toll from Covid-19 slows.
UEFA Champions League fixtures: How it might work
An Executive Committee meeting, to be held by videoconference, is set to approve the idea of a “Final Eight” in Lisbon, as widely reported by media across Europe in recent days.
This article was initially published at extratime.media