Quique Setien needs Champions League glory to keep Barcelona job

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

However, the Catalonia region has experienced the worst incidence of Covid-19 cases in Spain since the lifting of the national lockdown last month, with a daily increase of 944 cases reported last week.

The first leg was a 1-1 draw in Naples in February. De Laurentiis told journalists. "What does it take to say, 'Don't go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva?"'

The British government brought back its 14-day quarantine for travellers coming to the United Kingdom from Spain following the spike in cases after 10 people tested positive upon their return.

However, the Health Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya has sent a report to UEFA defending the dispute of the match in the Barça coliseum, since the cases of coronavirus have decreased significantly in the last hours in Barcelona and the virus Is under control. "I don't understand why it should stay in a city that has a really critical situation". "This is a question that UEFA is asking all the cities where matches are being played".

When UEFA announced three weeks ago that the Champions League quarterfinals, semifinals and final would be played with single-elimination games in Lisbon, it also announced a Plan B for the round-of-16 games, saying they could also be moved to Portugal. The continental tournament was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic and in May the governing body made a decision to stage the remainder of the UCL 2019-20 season - from quarter-finals onwards - in Portugal.

The final of the biggest club football competition will return in Portugal for the first time since 2014 when Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid at Benfica's Estadio da Luz stadium, a venue for this year's showpiece event as well. The winners of the tie will play either Bayern or Chelsea.

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