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Champions League final date: Man City vs Chelsea kick-off time, venue change and latest news for 2020/21 showpiece match

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The Champions League final is nearly upon us and it will be an all Premier League shootout for European glory.

Chelsea, who take on Leicester in the FA Cup final, saw off Real Madrid in style in the semi-finals.

The Champions League final will be held on Saturday, May 29

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The Champions League final will be held on Saturday, May 29

The Blues will now take on new Premier League champions Manchester City in the final after they swept Paris Saint-Germain aside.

It means the final will be all English for the second time in three years following on from Liverpool’s win over Tottenham in 2019.

All eyes are starting to turn to this season’s showpiece match which is just a few weeks away.

Champions League: Final date

The 2020/21 Champions League final will take place on Saturday, May 29 and will kick off at 8pm UK time.

It is being held at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto having been moved from the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul due to COVID-19.

Man City will be the nominated ‘home’ team for the final.

Istanbul were originally scheduled to host the Champions League final last season.

But due to the issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, games from the quarter-finals onwards were rearranged and all played in Lisbon.

Istanbul will now host it this year and the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia will do so next season having been shifted back a year.

Road to the final

Man City

  • Round of 16: Borussia Monchengladbach – 4-0 agg
  • Quarter-finals: Borussia Dortmund – 4-2 agg
  • Semi-finals: Paris Saint-Germain – 4-1 agg

Chelsea

  • Round of 16: Atletico Madrid – 3–0 agg
  • Quarter-finals: Porto – 2-1 agg
  • Semi-finals: Real Madrid – 3-1 agg

Champions League: Live on talkSPORT

Commentary of the showpiece match will be live from Porto on talkSPORT with our extended build-up beginning at 6pm.

Full details on our coverage will follow shortly.
To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Champions League: What has been said?

UEFA said in a statement: “The final was originally scheduled to take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul but, following the UK government’s decision to place Turkey on its red list of Covid-19 travel destinations, staging the final there would have meant none of the clubs’ domestic fans would be able to travel to the game.

“After a year of fans being locked out of stadiums, UEFA thought that everything needed to be done to ensure the supporters of the two finalist teams could attend.

“UEFA discussed moving the match to England but, despite exhaustive efforts on the part of the Football Association and the authorities, it was not possible to achieve the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine arrangements.”

Prior to the decision, talkSPORT host Alan Brazil fumed at UEFA for ruling out Wembley so sponsors can attend, insisting fans should’ve been prioritised.

He said: “We’re not interested in your VIPs and your sponsors, we’re interested in two sets of supporters!

“They would gladly go to the game in England with no risk of catching anything going abroad, jumping on planes.

“Let’s think about the two team’ supporters, for God sake. Why don’t they have it in England, not Portugal?!

“If it’s over in Portugal, the Prime Minister has got to get involved. This is strange year and we have to protect, so why should the fans have to go and leave the country when they’re two English sides?!

“I know there are rules and UEFA have to look after their sponsors and companies who put vast amounts of money into the game, the UEFA family etc etc, but surely this is an exception this year.

“If they have got to isolate [if the game is in England] so be it, those are the rules – we don’t like being stuck at home, we don’t like not being able to go in a pub or a restaurant, we’ve had to put up with it, so why can’t they?

“It makes common sense, never mind looking after their own, it makes common sense that in this strange time the fans should get more tickets and the game should be played in England and not Portugal, surely!”

Chelsea will take on Man City in the Champions League final

Chelsea will take on Man City in the Champions League final



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