Madrid could host 6th Champions League final

Madrid could play host to the 2019-20 Champions League final according to the mayor of the Spanish capital city.

Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium only played host to the competition’s final 12 months ago and Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu has hosted it four times previously. Only London (Wembley Stadium) has hosted the Champions League final on more occasions in the competition’s history, including the European Cup.

The final was due to take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on 30 May but for the postponement of the competition.

At the time we were halfway through the round of 16 stage and now UEFA officials are discussing the possibility of completing the 2019-20 campaign in a single city.

Madrid mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida told Spanish free-to-air television channel Trécé (via AS) on Monday night:

“I know steps are being taken in this regard and on behalf of the city council, I want to show my total and absolute support for the Champions League final being held in Madrid.”

Spain has been able to bring COVID-19 under control in recent weeks and Madrid moved into phase two of easing lockdown on Monday – the penultimate stage.

Overall there have been more than 27,000 deaths caused by coronavirus in the country, but with a low number of new daily cases this month.

Almeida added:

“What it would demonstrate is Madrid’s ability to recover in a very short time from the dramatic situation we have been through.

“Adequate security conditions exist, we have the infrastructures and public services to host it and it would send a message to the world that Madrid, despite what we have experienced, does not give up and is back.”

UEFA has yet to confirm how the tournament will continue or if it will restart at all, but an update is expected next week after the governing body’s executive committee meeting on 17 June.

Germany’s Bundesliga is set to finish at the end of June, whilst the likes of the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga are scheduled to finish in July.