As we are sure you have noticed, there is a global pandemic going on and football has not been insulated from its effects.
The latest aspect of the game’s ‘new normal’ has been the moving of Champions League knockout games to neutral venues, in order to get around pesky coronavirus travel restrictions.
If you have struggled to keep up with all the moving and shaking, never fear. Below is where every Champions League round of 16 game will be played over the next few weeks. You are very welcome.
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool was the venue change trendsetter, becoming the first tie to be moved on 7 February.
Due to the German government’s ban on incoming flights from the UK, the game was instead switched to the Puskas Arena in Budapest. The game’s return leg, which is set to be played on 10 March at Anfield, could also be moved to a neutral venue.
Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain is the standout tie of the round and thankfully, there has been no venue changes…yet.
This means that the first leg will take place at the Camp Nou on 16 February, with the return fixture being played at the Parc des Princes on 10 March.
Europa League specialists Sevilla welcome an out of form Borussia Dortmund to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of their round of 16 tie on 17 February.
As for the return fixture, there has not been any alterations so far. However, if the German government impose restrictions on flights from Spain – which is not out of the question – then the second leg will need to be moved from Signal Iduna Park.
A resurgent Juventus side will be confident of progressing against Porto. The first leg will take place at Estadio de Dragao on 17 February.
Barring any changes to the situation, the teams will meet again on 9 March at Allianz Stadium in Turin.
La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid will be looking to make the most of ‘home advantage’, when they welcome Chelsea to the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania.
The venue was changed from Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium after Spain extended their ban all air and sea travel from the UK until March. Fortunately, Spanish nationals and legal residents are exempt from the restrictions, meaning that Diego Simeone’s squad are free to travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg on 17 March.
Lazio’s reward for making it into the knockout stages is a tough tie against Champions League holders Bayern Munich.
At the time of writing, there have been no venue switches. This means that the first leg will take place at the Stadio Olimpico on 23 February, while Bayern will host Lazio at the Allianz Arena on 17 March.
In what is set to be a fascinating tie, free-scoring Atalanta take on a vulnerable Real Madrid, with the first leg being played at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo on 24 February.
Real will then host the second leg at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, where all of their European games have taken place this season.
Borussia Monchengladbach are another side forced to surrender their home advantage due to the German government’s travel restrictions.
The first leg of their meeting with Manchester City on 24 February will be played at the Puskas Arena, and the return fixture is also remains in danger of being moved.