Champions League draw confirmed for Bayern & RB Leipzig

The draw for the rescheduled 2019-20 Champions League took place on Friday. Two Bundesliga sides remain in the competition – RB Leipzig are already through to the quarter-finals, whilst Bayern Munich are 3-0 from the first leg of their Round of 16 tie versus Chelsea.

Bayern, along with three other ties, will play their second leg on 7-8 August, which can be played at the Allianz Arena. By this time a month will have passed since Hansi Flick’s side last played a competitive match; beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the DFB Pokal final. Opponents Chelsea finish their Premier League season at the end of July, though have a big deficit to overturn if they are to progress.

Not only do the Bundesliga champions have a three-goal advantage from their trip to Stamford Bridge back in February, they are also the new favourites to win the Champions League, according to OddsGurus. This will be because their quarter-final will be against either Barcelona or Napoli. The former have struggled to put teams away since the restart and dropped four points in the process, allowing rivals Real Madrid to go back on top of the table.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have dropped to second favourites. The English Premier League side have a 2-1 lead from their first leg against Real Madrid in the Round of 16, and the winner of that tie will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-final, to setup a potential clash with Bayern Munich.

On the other side of the draw, RB Leipzig had already eliminated Tottenham Hotspur before the disruption and are set to face Atletico Madrid in the final eight. Diego Simeone’s side haven’t been overly impressive since the restart but will have played competitive games much more recently than Julian Nagelsmann’s side when the quarter-finals take place in a single-legged tie between 12-15 August.

Atalanta face Paris Saint-Germain in the other quarter-final. The former are currently fighting for a top four finish in Serie A again this season and looking impressive in the process, whilst PSG haven’t played since March due to Ligue 1 being cancelled.

All matches from the quarter-finals onwards will take place in Lisbon at the Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade stadiums, with the final taking place at Benfica’s home on 23 August 2020.

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