Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid moved due to Covid-19 restrictions in Spain
Chelsea’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash away to Atletico Madrid has been moved from the Wanda Metropolitano to Bucharest’s Arena Nationala due to strict coronavirus rules in Spain.
The Spanish government has placed travel restrictions on those arriving into the country from England which means Manchester United’s Europa League round of 32 tie with Real Sociedad has also moved to a neutral venue and will now take place in Turin.
Manchester City and Liverpool have seen their respective Champions League last-16 away legs versus German sides Borussia Monchengladbach and Leipzig switched to Budapest, Hungary.
The announcements come amid concerns over the number of Covid-19 cases across the United Kingdom, which is thought to be linked to the mutation of the virus.
Chelsea confirmed on their official website that their round of 16 match will be played at the Arena Nationala – Romania’s national stadium – on Tuesday 23 February.
The second leg is scheduled to go ahead as planned at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 17 March.
‘UEFA would like to express its gratitude to Atletico Madrid and Chelsea for their support and close cooperation, as well as the Romanian Football Federation for their assistance and agreeing to stage the match,’ UEFA confirmed in a brief statement on Wednesday morning.
Chelsea must first do battle with Barnsley for a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Thursday evening, with Thomas Tuchel still unbeaten since taking over the reins from Frank Lampard.
The Blues then take on Newcastle and Southampton in the Premier League before facing off against Diego Simeone’s Atleti for a Champions League quarter-final spot.
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