Why is Atletico vs Chelsea being played in Bucharest tonight?


uropean football has returned but with a raft of venue changes.

Last week, both Liverpool and Tottenham – in the Champions League and Europa League, respectively – played in the Puskas Arena in Budapest despite not playing Hungarian opposite. Both RB Leipzig and Wolfsberger were hosting their ‘home’ legs away from home.

On Tuesday, Atletico Madrid play their ‘home’ game against Chelsea in Bucharest, Romania. Arena Nationala will be the stadium.

This is due to travel restrictions preventing visitors from Britain entering Spain following the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant last month.

The second leg remains set for Stamford Bridge on March 17.

Arena Nationala in Bucharest

/ Inquam Photos via REUTERS

Atletico Madrid travelling squad: Grbic, Oblak, San Roman, Renan Lodi, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Alvaro G, Ricard, Kondogbia, Torreira, Koke, Saul, Lemar, M. Llorente, Vitolo, Joao Felix, Suarez, Correa, Dembele, Camello

Chelsea travelling squad: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Jorginho, Kante, Abraham, Pulisic, Werner, Caballero, Zouma, Mendy, Kovacic, Giroud, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, Gilmour, James, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Emerson

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