UEFA announced on Tuesday that the two clashes between Chelsea and Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League will be played in Seville, Spain. The reason is the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. The first leg will take place on April 7, at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, with the return game scheduled for April 13 at the same location. Whoever advances, faces Real Madrid or Liverpool in the semis.
The Spanish government said earlier this month that it would lift Britain’s travel ban on March 30. The ban began in December due to concerns about a British strain of the new coronavirus. The UK currently prohibits all travel abroad, except for work, education or health reasons. However, the government is expected to review this in April and possibly allow it from 17 May.
In the round of 16, several games took place in cities that were not the home clubs like Budapest and Bucharest, for example. All for the same reasons as above.