Chelsea set to face Atletico Madrid in Romania or Poland and not the Wanda Metropolitano with Spain not lifting travel restrictions for UK visitors for Champions League Round of 16 tie
- Chelsea are set to face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League
- The first-leg may have to be moved from Spain, due to their UK travel restrictions
- It means Atletico may have to play their home leg in either Romania or Poland
Chelsea may have to travel to Poland or Romania for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid.
LaLiga leaders Atletico are desperate to play the game on home soil, but may be unable to do so due to Spain’s tough travel sanctions.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, travel restrictions on those arriving from the UK to the country mean it is not possible for Chelsea to play in the Spanish capital as things stand.
Chelsea could play the first leg of their Champions League clash in Romania or Poland
And it appears that those measures will be extended beyond the current window which is up until February 16.
It means that Atletico must now source an alternative venue, and according to the Sun the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania, is one of the top picks.
Meanwhile, Sky Sport Italia journalist Angelo Mangiante has suggested the tie could take place in Warsaw, Poland, at the PGE Narodowy.
It makes it highly likely that all three of England’s knockout representatives in the Champions League will benefit from playing their away legs at a neutral venue.
The Arena Nationala in Bucharest has been suggested as a possible alternative venue
Warsaw’s PGE Narodowy has also been considered as a possible alternative to Spain’s capital
It has already been confirmed that Liverpool will meet RB Leipzig in Budapest, before the return leg at Anfield.
It is also thought that Manchester City’s clash with Borussia Monchengladbach will be moved, too.
A clash at the Arena Nationala would bring back fond memories for Diego Simeone.
He was head coach when Atletico lifted the Europa League on that very ground in 2012.