With the champions league season coming to a close last night, the European football season has finally come to an end.
The new Premier League 2020/2021 season is set to resume in three weeks, and, managers, players and clubs in general would see this as quite a difficult task, as clubs haven’t had to opportunity to fully prepare for this new season, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. .
We’d be taking a look at what to expect in this new season, from changes to cup competitions and the extraordinarily packed schedule ahead for teams.
Firstly, the new season would take off with the traditional Community Shield game this weekend at Wembley on Saturday 29 August between Arsenal and Liverpool. And Premier League football will return on the 12th of September.
Also, almost every weekend or midweek is stacked with matches of league fixtures, cup ties or international football, due to the season starting about six weeks later than the original date.
For those wondering about the Champions League, the draw for the group stage will be held on the 1st of October, in Athens, Greece. UEFA has also bent its rule of preventing domestic league games from being played at the same time as Champions League matches for this season.
The Premier League is also set to not have a winter break. Instead, there will be a split Premier League gameweek in January though, spread across two midweeks.
In the Caraboa Cup, semi-finals have been reduced to one leg, while FA have confirmed there’ll be no replays in the FA Cup.
Finally, the new season will begin behind closed doors. The Premier League is committed to getting fans back into the stadium, but would always put safety first. And the five substitutions would be stopped, meaning sub benches will revert back to seven and the amount of changes made will go back to three.