Portugal emerge as favorites to host the UCL final

It’s no more news that Manchester City will face Chelsea in the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League on Saturday, May 29, and the game is currently set to hold in Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

However, due to the UK Government’s addition of Turkey to the red list of high-risk COVID-19 countries, calls for the game to be held in England have been growing.

Presently, Chelsea fans would not be allowed to travel to Istanbul. Therefore, a change in the venue of the game would be logical but the suggestion has resulted in a host of questions as UEFA and the British government held talks on Monday about moving the match to Wembley.

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According to The Times, Portugal is now emerging as favorites to host the final as major issues were not resolved in the meeting.

The UK still maintains strict quarantine rules for visitors from many European countries although UEFA has insisted that its staff must be exempted, including VIPs and sponsors.

The crowd is also another concern as the report claims that UEFA wants the capacity at Wembley to be increased from 10,000 to 22,500. Therefore, Porto has emerged as a strong candidate to host the final as Portugal have no restrictions on visitors to the country and is also on UK’s green list.

Meanwhile, talks will resume on Tuesday with a decision set to be made by Wednesday. Chelsea and Man City will clash on May 29 and that is the same day for the Championship play-off final.

However, it is believed that the EFL will be willing to switch their flagship match to a different date if UEFA eventually moves the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final to Wembley.