With travel restrictions in place, the tie between Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City has been rearranged to take place in Budapest.
The news comes as no surprise following the new that RB Leipzig vs Liverpool will also take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. As the weeks go on, too, we could see yet more arrangements occur in European football to combat the threat of COVID-19.
The venue change will leave Monchengladbach frustrated with no home advantage left to rely on. As for Manchester City, they’ll be glad to have that advantage stripped away.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City Rearranged for Budapest Venue
Second European Tie to Be Rearranged
As previously alluded to, the news comes as no surprise following the venue change in the game between Leipzig and Liverpool. Decreasing the threat of COVID-19 may result in postponements, even more venue changes and potential suspensions.
We’ve already seen the Premier League and Football League suffer due to outbreaks of COVID-19. Now, with the return of European football among us, the threat will only increase as players attempt to travel for fixtures.
The hope will be that, as the months go on, the threat of the virus will decrease, and some kind of normality will be restored.
UEFA Will Be Hoping for Usual Format
After last season’s mini tournament in Portugal from the Quarter-Final stage, UEFA will be hoping to go ahead with the conventional format this season.
Last season’s change of format provided us with plenty of shocking results, from Lyon knocking Manchester City out to Bayern Munich’s 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona.
This season, however, the return of the two-legged format must return if we are to see the Champions League at its best. With both the Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach and Leipzig v Liverpool games already rearranged, it’s unlikely we’ll see a return to normality any time soon.
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