The Champions League and Europa League finals will not take place as scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA has announced
UEFA has formally announced the postponements of the Champions League and Europa League finals due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Champions League final had been due to take place on May 30 in Istanbul, with the decisive Europa League encounter scheduled to be contested in Gdansk three days earlier.
However, those games, along with the Women’s Champions League final – originally allocated for May 24 in Vienna – will now be played at later dates.
The decision is no surprise, with the vast majority of club football in Europe having been put on hold due to the spread of the virus.
A working group, established last week following a conference call between the stakeholders of European football, is to analyse the available options for fulfilling the fixtures.
In a statement confirming the postponements, UEFA said the group had already begun its examination of the calendar, with an announcement to be made in due course.
Only half of the eight Champions League last-16 ties have been completed, with Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig progressing.
The Europa League is at the same stage, with just six first-leg matches completed.
The Women’s Champions League has reached the quarter-finals. The first-leg matches, scheduled for March 25, and second-leg clashes, pencilled in for April 1, were all postponed because of the pandemic, which has killed over 16,000 people worldwide.
We Will Work To Win Next Season – PSG President
By Etienne Mainimo
The President of the Paris Saint Germain, PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi says his club will work extremely hard to win to win the UEFA Champions League.
After PSG lost 0-1 to Bayern Munich in the finals of USFA on Sunday August 23, Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted that he is proud of his team and that his team will be back soon
“We will work to win next season. Tonight, we believe in it more than before. I promise we’re going to win the Champions League. We had a great season. We reached the finals, we won four trophies. We are sad, we are disappointed but there is a positive side,” Nasser Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport.
According to the President, “it was very close. I am proud of my players. We had a great season, a great tournament here. We had everything we needed to win but that is football.”
“Players, honestly, everybody’s coming out with their heads held high. They have created something. We played against the great Bayern that is something. They are one of the best teams in the world we lost 0-1. You have to improve on little things. This our first and eleven for Bayern,” Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.
The President however stated that, “we will get back one day. We will work for it. It was not easy to reach the final but we are going to do everything we can to win this trophy.”
Why Germany ?!! Read The Secret Answer
Science is the overall prespictive
After the historical match between Germany and Brazil in the 2014 World Cup that saw a sweeping 1-7 victory of the Mannschaft over the Brazilians, the German footballers didn’t spend the rest of their time on the streets or over Facebook jubilations.
Analysts began to study and analyse the match statistics … They found it was almost the same as yesterday’s game stats here
This game between Bayern and Barcelona was a turning point as it’s system of analysis didn’t tie with the match statistics. A new era of football match analyses has come to light.
Two German footballers who worked as performance analysts (Reinartz and Keppler) devised an analysis method named (Packing) that depends on the effect of passing the ball … not the number of passes.
In Simplified terms: bypassing the opponents in the direction of the goal
Both have established a performance analysis firm to serve the Bundesliga, then contracted a deal with the German Football Federation itself for all German National teams in 2016.
That is why German football is a show of pragmatism and performance, of course, other factors helped them such as culture, mentality and the quality of players raised up in the Dutch environment.
Shall we note that, in 2017 only one year after applying this method with the Dutch junior National teams, Germany won three trophies in the same year:
- The European Junior Championships
- The European Youth Championship
- The FIFA Confederations Cup with U21 Squad
A second question thus comes to mind
Why do they produce outstanding results especially when playing against “sexy football teams” like Brasil or Barçelona ?
It’s simply because the teams which tend to dominate and open the game are the easiest to defeat as compared to teams which rely on a block squad (packing). Teams which have an open game system provide space and time for the German “Packing” system to move and make the most efficient decisions in effective ball passing.
The games (Brazil vs Germany or Barcelona vs Bayern) are good exercises to understand the “Packing” analysis technique.
Juventus: Maurizio Sarri sacked after Champions league failure
Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his duty as the head of the technical bench of Juventus following the club’s early elimination from the UEFA Champions league. This is according to the club.
The Old Ladies were knocked out by Olympic Lyonnais at the round of 16 despite a 2-1 win on Friday August 7, 2020 that appeared insufficient for the night as the visitors sailed through on away goal formalities following a 1 nil victory in February.
Sarri’s dismissal hasn’t come as a surprise to many. With the simple reason. The match outcome against Lyon came as a huge sign of failure for the club whose main target this season was winning the Champions League, a fit they are still to achieve since 1996 when they last grabbed silver ware in the competition. Reasons amongst other that saw the club bringing in 5 times Balloon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo to help facilitate the task.
Maurizio Sarri therefore served as the main victim and sacrifice despite helping the club win its 9th consecutive Series A title a few weeks ago.
Sarri who has also managed Chelsea and Napoli had earlier explained his difficulty of having the players adapt to his system which he considers to be “Slow” especially after losing to Lyon in France.
The club have recorded series of unconvincing scores after the Coronavirus restart. They have gathered 7 wins in their last 15 matches. Managing to win the league with a point above runners-up, Inter Milan
A few names have come up as potential replacement. Amongst them, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino who is still to join a club since his dismissal by the Spurs in 2019 and Zinedine Zidane.
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