Download The Fact The Champions League Matches Will Be One Legged Means Surprises Are More Likely
The change in the format of the Champions League, caused by the coronavirus, has led to the outsiders having a better chance of winning it.
In an one off tie, anything can happen. The champions will only have to play three or four more matches. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted football. It has forced the match calendar to be altered and the Champions League, which should have been decided by now, will be played in August. And they will do so in a new format brought about by the circumstances.
The new format has caused some controversy. Not everyone seems to be happy with playing the quarter-finals. semi-finals and final over one leg at a neutral venue. They say it ruins the Champions League, but there is no other option. There is not enough time.
Once the four remaining last 16 second leg games have been completed, we will know which eight teams will be going to Lisbon. What is certain is that Liverpool will not defend their crown after being knocked out by Atletico Madrid just before the coronavirus break.
It will still be football, but the rules will change. It will no be over two legs and there will be no away goals rule.
It is all perfectly set up for there to be surprises. Setien explains it perfectly. “Over two legs you can repair the damage after a bad first game, now it’s all or nothing.”
Atletico, PSG, Atalanta and Leipzig are already there and just three games away while Bayern/Chelsea, Barca/Napoli, Lyon/Juve and Man City/Real Madrid have to play an extra game first.
There is no margin for error and no chance of a historic comeback at home in the return game.
This Champions League will be different, unique and remembered because of that. It will be considered as important as all the others. In a football dominated by money and where smaller clubs have less chance of winning, the pandemic has changed everything.