It was supposed to be a summer of football magic with Europe’s finest playing at venues across the continent in search of glory.
Although fans will have to wait a little longer for the European Championships now taking place next summer – rest assured, you can still catch all the best players in Europe in tournament action this summer, live and exclusive on BT Sport.
That’s because the culmination of the greatest club competitions in Europe will be taking place in tournament conditions next month.
Once the last 16 rounds are concluded, the last eight in the Champions League will head to Portugal for the latter stages of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Europa League will be concluded in similar style in Germany.
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s coming your way in August…
With the Premier League season ending on Sunday July 26 it won’t be long before those involved in Europe are back in action. The Europa League last 16 ties will be concluded on Wednesday August 5 and Thursday August 6. The Champions League then joins the party to complete its remaining ties over the next two days.
From there the last eight head to Lisbon to complete the competition in one off knockout games in the quarters, semis and final itself. These will be played at Benfica’s and Sporting Lisbon’s grounds.
The Europa League will follow the same format in Germany with the knockouts being played at four venues: Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen.
With a five goal cushion to take to Old Trafford, United can safely book their tickets to Germany knowing nothing short of a football miracle can stop them progressing. They will face Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir of Turkey in the last eight as they look to justify their billing as favourites to win the competition.
August 5 Manchester United (5) vs (0) LASK, 8pm
With a 3-1 deficit to overturn from the home leg and having played no competitive football since that defeat on March 12, Rangers have it all to do to overcome Leverkusen. The return leg on August 6, follows the start of their Scottish Premiership campaign on August 1.
August 6 Bayer Leverkusen (3) vs (1) Rangers, 5.55pm
Wolves welcome Arsenal’s conqueror’s Olympiacos to Molineux with the last 16 tie finely balanced at 1-1. The winner will head to Germany with a glamorous tie against either Roma or Europa League specialists Sevilla, who, with five wins, have won the competition more than any other side.
August 6 Wolves (1) vs (1) Olympiacos, 8pm
Not only are Manchester City now guaranteed a spot in next season’s Champions League, but they are also the most realistic chance of a Premier League club winning this time around. Just prior to lockdown they put in a brilliant performance to win 2-1 at the Bernabeu. Newly crowned La Liga Champions Real Madrid will be in Manchester on August 7 to complete the tie. The winners will face Lyon or Juventus in Portugal in the last eight.
August 7 Man City (2) vs (1) Real Madrid, 8pm
The Londoners have it all to do, and then some, if they are to overturn the 3-0 deficit Bayern inflicted at Stamford Bridge back in February. Nearly six month later the Blues best hope could be that the German champions have been on the weissbier since securing the Bundesliga and German Cup double at the start of July.
August 8 Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea, 8pm
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday August 5
EL Last 16 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg, 5.55pm
EL Last 16 Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir, 5.55pm
EL Last 16 Man Utd vs LASK, 8pm
EL Last 16 Inter Milan vs Getafe 8pm
Thursday August 6
EL Last 16 Leverkusen vs Rangers, 5.55pm
EL Last 16 Sevilla vs Roma, 5.55pm
EL Last 16 Wolves vs Olympiacos, 8pm
EL Last 16 Basel vs Eintracht Frankfurt, 8pm
Friday August 7
UCL Last 16 Juventus vs Lyon, 8pm
UCL Last 16 Man City vs Real Madrid 8pm
Saturday August 8
UCL Last 16 Bayern Munich vs Chelsea, 8pm
UCL Last 16 Barcelona vs Napoli, 8pm
Monday August 10
EL QF Man Utd / LASK vs Copenhagen / Istanbul Basaksehir, 8pm
EL QF Inter Milan / Getafe vs Leverkusen / Rangers, 8pm
Tuesday August 11
EL QF Shakhtar Donetsk / Wolfsburg vs Basel / Eintracht Frankfurt, 8pm
EL QF Wolves / Olympiacos vs Sevilla / Roma, 8pm
Wednesday August 12
UCL QF Atalanta vs PSG, 8pm
Thursday August 13
UCL QF RB Leipzig vs Atletico, 8pm
Friday August 14
UCL QF Napoli/Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Chelsea, 8pm
Saturday August 15
UCL QF Real Madrid/Man City vs Juventus/Lyon, 8pm
Sunday August 16
EL Semi Final, 8pm
Monday August 17
EL Semi Final, 8pm
Tuesday August 18
UCL Semi Final, 8pm
Wednesday August 19
UCL Semi Final, 8pm
Friday August 21
EL Final, 8pm
Sunday August 23
UCL Final, 8pm
Every game left in the competition, from the last 16 of the Europa League to the final whistle of the Champions League will be live and exclusive on BT Sport. That means you can show live top class competition from Europe on 16 out of 19 straight days in August.
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