Champions League and Europa League: State of Play Champions League and Europa League: State of Play
The Champions League and Europa League will be played out in the next two weeks in a new format. Champions League and Europa League: State of Play
Former Ireland international Stephen Ward training with Ipswich Town
Barcelona sink Napoli to reach Champions League quarter-finals

European football has finally returned and the Champions League and Europa League will come to a conclusion in the next two weeks.

The remaining Champions League round of 16 ties were played out over the weekend with Manchester City progressing at the expense of Real Madrid, while Chelsea crashed out against Bayern Munich and Juventus suffered a goal difference defeat to Lyon.

What comes next?

For the first time, Europe’s top club competitions will be concluded in the shape of two mini-tournaments. The remaining Champions League games will take place in Lisbon, Portugal while the Europa League will be decided in two German cities, Cologne and Dusseldorf.

Champions League

Manchester City will be hoping to win their first European Cup but they face stiff competition with clubs with big European pedigree still in contention in the shape of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Pep Guardiola’s side face Lyon in the quarter-finals, the Ligue 1 outfit pulled off a shock by knocking Juventus out of the competition on Friday.

Quarter-final draw

Atalanta vs PSG (August 12th, Estadio da Luz)

RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid (August 13th, Estadio Jose Alvalade)

Barcelona vs Bayern (August 14th, Estadio da Luz)

Manchester City vs Lyon (August 15th, Estadio Jose Alvalade)

Semi-final draw

Manchester City or Lyon vs Barcelona or Bayern Munich (August 19th, Estadio da Luz)

RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta or Paris Saint-Germain (August 18th, Estadio Jose Alvalade)

Final

Sunday, August 23rd (Estadio da Luz)

Europa League

There are two Premier League sides left in the Europa League with Manchester United and Wolves both in the quarter-finals.

The competition is equally important to both sides. For Manchester United, it represents a chance for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to claim a first trophy win.

Unlike their rivals, Wolves have not qualified for the Champions League and a Europa League win comes with a place in Europe’s top competition for the 2020/2021 season.

Quarter-final draw

Manchester United vs Copenhagen (August 10th, RheinEnergieStadion)

Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen (August 10th, Merkur Spiel-Arena)

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel (August 11th, Veltins Arena)

Wolves vs Sevilla (August 11th, Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena)

Semi-final draw

Winners of Quarter-final 4 vs Winners of Quatrer-final 1 (August 16th, RheinEnergieStadion)

Winners of Quarter-final 2 vs Winners of Quarter-final 3 (August 17th, Merkur Spiel-Arena)

Final

Friday, August 21st (RheinEnergieStadion)

Former Ireland international Stephen Ward training with Ipswich Town
Barcelona sink Napoli to reach Champions League quarter-finals