Borussia Monchengladbach have requested the use of FC Midtjylland’s MCH Arena in Denmark for their Champions League clash with Manchester City, should Covid-19 regulations in Germany make it impossible for the game to be played there.
With the ongoing and developing situation surrounding foreign and international travel restrictions in Germany, there has been an increasing level of doubt and uncertainty over the possibility of hosting Champions League games in the country – games which are due to be played across the next three weeks.
Manchester City are currently scheduled to travel to North Rhine-Westphalia to face Borussia Monchengladbach in the first-leg of their round of 16 clash on February 24th, and despite current restrictions set to be lifted by that date, preparations are being made by the hosts to relocate.
According to an exclusive report from B.T. in Denmark, Borussia Monchengladbach have asked FC Midtjylland to play the Champions League match against Pep Guardiola’s side at the MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark – due to restrictions in Germany potentially making it impossible to host the game.
The report states that the request has been ‘positively received‘ by FC Midtjylland, Herning Municipality and MCH Arena – the three parties that must approve the proposal. The Champions Legaue clash is welcome in Herning, as long as the authorities’ Covid-19 regulations are complied with.
Reports on Tuesday had claimed that UEFA had granted teams an extended deadline to complete their last-16 clashes, and according to Paul Joyce of the Times, knock-out ties affected by Covid-19 travel restrictions could be played as one-off matches at neutral venues under new rules issued by UEFA.
The possibility of this being the case for Manchester City currently appears to be slim, however with the rate at which situations are changing across Europe, it shouldn’t be ruled out. Pep Guardiola’s side will be more than familiar with one-off European clashes, after exiting at the hands of Lyon last season – in a game that took on this very format in Portugal.
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