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Manchester City have reportedly won the battle to host their 2nd leg tie against Real Madrid, on their home ground, the Etihad Stadium.
With a 2-1 lead going into the reverse fixture, UEFA had initially set the remaining Champions League fixtures to be played in Lisbon, to avoid and contain health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City opposed this stance, with a preference of playing the game on their actual home ground, while Madrid welcomed the idea of the fixture being played in Portugal.

In a post by AS, due to the reduced quarantining rules in the UK, City would now be allowed to host the game and it would be announced on the day of the quarterfinal draw in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.

UEFA are also expected to confirm that Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona will be allowed to host their respective last-16 ties. From the quarter-final stage onwards, Portugal will host the remaining matches on a single-game knockout basis in August.

The major perk of playing at home would usually be the support of fans, roaring their teams to victory, providing mental support and a boost of adrenaline. But due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, games would be played without fans, which has recently signaled the end of home advantage.

Familiarity of the pitch, due to constant training and playing by the home team, would now be only advantage home teams have. It would be interesting to see how the 2nd leg plays out, Mancity would be without their first choice LB, as Benjamin Mendy is suspended for the game, and Real Madrid would also be without their clutch captain, Sergio Ramos.

 

By: Muyiwa aguda 

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