UCL Magazine - Di Maria, Zubimendi and Buruk interviewsSep 29
It’s been an awfully long time since European football was last on our screens, but the Champions League is finally back.
A summer tournament will take centre stage this August, with the knockout format sure to serve up some thrilling contests, that will as ever be live and exclusive on BT Sport.
With the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals made the remaining teams now know their potential opponents in their hunt for glory.
In a break with the traditional format, all of the quarter-final and semi-final games will be played over one leg.
What promises to be an unforgettable month of football will begin on Friday 7 August with the remaining last 16 second leg ties and culminate on with the final of the Champions League on Sunday 23 August.
Champions League draw results
Manchester City will have to do it the hard way if they are to win European football's most coveted trophy for the first time in their history.
Pep Guardiola's hold a one-goal lead in their last-16 tie against Real Madrid, with the second leg to be played at the Etihad Stadium on either Friday 7 or Saturday 8 August.
Quarter & semi-final line-ups
Real Madrid / Man City v Lyon / Juventus
RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid
Napoli / Barcelona v Chelsea / Bayern Munich
Atalanta v Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid / Man City or Lyon / Juventus v Barcelona / Napoli or Chelsea / Bayern Munich
RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid v Atalanta or Paris Saint-Germain
Frank Lampard's Chelsea look set to exit the competition after going down 3-0 to Bayern in their last-16 first leg at Stamford Bridge.
If the Blues can somehow pull off a miraculous comeback at the Allianz Arena, either Napoli or four-time winners Barcelona lie in wait in the quarter-finals.
On the other side of the draw, this season's surprise package Atalanta face Paris Saint-Germain, while Tottenham Hotspur's conquerors RB Leipzig face-off against Atletico Madrid in the other last-eight tie.
What will the format look like?
The remaining matches will be settled across a 17-day festival of football, that will take us from the four outstanding last-16 ties on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 August right the way through to the final on Sunday 23 August.
The quarter-finals and semi-finals will all be single-legged knockout ties across a 12-day mini tournament.
The quarter-finals will see one match a day from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15, before the semi-finals that are scheduled for Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 of August.
The 2020 Champions League final is set for Sunday 23 August.
Where will the matches take place?
The second legs of the four remaining last-16 ties are all set to take place as originally planned at the home team’s ground.
So Juventus will welcome Lyon, Napoli head to the Nou Camp, Bundesliga champions Bayern host Lampard's men and City await Real Madrid at the Etihad, after the British government announced selected sports stars will be exempt from quarantine requirements when visiting the U.K.
The quarters, semis and final will all be played in Lisbon, featuring two empty stadiums in Portugal’s capital – Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Sporting CP’s Estadio Jose Alvalade.
The final, originally set to take place at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium, will be played at the Estadio da Luz.
What's the state of play in the last 16?
Atletico Madrid (defeated Liverpool 4-2 on aggregate), PSG (beat Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate), Atalanta (eased past Valencia 8-4 on aggregate) and RB Leipzig (saw off Tottenham 4-0 on aggregate) are already qualified for the quarter-finals.
Those four are awaiting the victors of the other four second leg matches, of which three are finely poised.
Guardiola's side are 2-1 up against 13-time winners Real after two late goals turned the first leg on it’s head at the Santiago Bernabeu, but fellow Premier League outfit Chelsea were humbled 3-0 by a rampant Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona host Napoli at the Camp Nou having drawn 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo, while Lyon take a 1-0 lead to Turin after a shock first-leg result against the Serie A champions.