BOTH legs of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final with Porto will be played at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, Spain, after Portugal banned flights to and from the UK.
- Chelsea and Porto both lose the home advantage in the Champions League
- Both legs of their quarter-final draw will be played in the stadium of Sevilla in Spain
- Portugal is not on the UK’s red list, but flights to and from the UK are prohibited
- Chelsea played the first leg of their last 16 game in Romania instead of Madrid
- Olivier Giroud scored four goals in Chelsea’s breakaway in Seville last December
UEFA has confirmed that both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final with Porto will be played in Spain next month.
Thomas Tuchel’s men would travel to Portugal on April 7 for the first leg, before hosting the return leg at Stamford Bridge on April 13.
But both matches are now played on the same dates at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, despite Portugal being removed from the UK’s red list.
In the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, both legs are played between Chelsea and Porto
The Chelsea players celebrate in their last 16 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League
In a statement, UEFA said: ‘UEFA can officially confirm that the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League in the first and second leg of FC Porto and Chelsea FC will now both be played at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville. The dates of the matches (April 7 and April 13, 2021) and the kick-off times (21:00 CET) will remain the same.
“UEFA would like to thank FC Porto and Chelsea FC for their support and close cooperation, as well as the Portuguese Football Association, the Football Association, the Royal Spanish Football Association and Sevilla FC for their help and their agreement to organize the matches.”
Portugal was on the red list of countries in the UK – all of which have a 10-day quarantine period in a government-approved hotel for those traveling from them – until March 19.
The Porto side is running wild after stuning Juventus to reach the last eight of the Champions League
But despite the country taking off nearly two weeks ago, a blanket ban on flights to and from the UK means that Porto will not be able to host the first leg at their Estadio do Dragao.
It also means that Chelsea will lose the home advantage for the second leg, with the Portuguese side not allowed to fly to London.
The government’s red list, created to reduce the transfer of new Covid variants to the UK, currently numbers 35 countries.
Chelsea were forced to play the first leg of their last 16 win over Atletico Madrid in Romania after Spain banned travelers from the UK for fear of the spread of the coronavirus.
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium hosts top European matches despite the exit from Seville
The Blues kept the home field advantage for the second leg, beating the LaLiga side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to advance 3-0 in total.
Chelsea’s double trip to Seville means they’ve played at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium three times this season.
Olivier Giroud scored all four goals when the Premier League side – then managed by Frank Lampard – beat Sevilla 4-0 in the group stage last December.
Sevilla was eliminated by Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 stage and released their stadium for Chelsea and Porto.
Olivier Giroud (right) scored four goals on Chelsea’s last visit to Seville last December