UEFA confirmed that the stadium Porto’s Do Dragao to replace Istanbul’s Ataturk as host of the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on Saturday May 29 (at 9:00 p.m. Spanish time). The change of venue responds to the great travel difficulties for fans of the two English clubs to Turkey for the inclusion of this country in the ‘red list’ of the United Kingdom and the offer of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) to organize the match. England even offered the possibility of hosting the final in their national territory, but the football entity ended up rejecting this option.
UEFA explained that holding the final in Turkey would have meant that none of the club’s national fans could travel to the match and that after a year without the fans having been able to in the stadiums it considered “Everything had to be done so that the fans of the two finalist teams could attend.”
Portugal will host the Champions League final for the second year in a row, after last season it was held in Lisbon. The capital was the venue since the quarterfinals after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The Portuguese country is currently on the green list for the British, so City and Chelsea fans will be able to travel to Porto without the need for quarantine, allowing free movement. The capacity of the O Dragao stadium will be reduced, but there will be 6,000 fans of Thomas Tuchel’s team and another 6,000 fans of Pep Guardiola’s team.