Tottenham next European game moves to a neutral country


Due to travel restrictions in England during the pandemic, Tottenham was the latest Premier League team to have its next European game moved to a neutral country on Friday.

In neutral countries, six of the seven English clubs in either the Champions League or Europa League will play their first-leg games this month. Only Leicester, away to Slavia Prague in the Czech capital, still has its initially scheduled match. That’s next Thursday, in the Europa League round of 32.

UEFA said that next Thursday in Budapest, Hungary, Tottenham will play Austrian side Wolfsberger.

Liverpool and Manchester City are already heading to Budapest’s Puskas Arena for a Champions League match in the next two weeks because they are barred from joining Germany. In the first leg of the round of 16, they meet Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach, respectively.

On Friday, Arsenal was transferred a second time and will go to Greece to host Benfica in the Europa League.

On February 25, one week after Benfica’s “home” game takes place in Rome at Stadio Olimpico, the second leg game in round 32 will be played at the home stadium of Olympiakos in Piraeus.

UEFA has previously confirmed that even though neither Arsenal nor Benfica has a home advantage, the away goals rule would apply.

In the Europa League, all neutral venues were already being planned for use. Next week, Olympiakos hosts PSV Eindhoven and, on Feb. 25, Roma hosts Braga.

Although an actively transmissible COVID-19 version originating in Britain is spreading, English clubs do not fly to certain European countries.

Chelsea will be moving to Bucharest, Romania, to face Atlético Madrid in a first-leg match in the Champions League.

Next week, Manchester United will go to Turin’s Juventus Stadium to play Real Sociedad in the Europa League.

Arsenal is the only team in the Premier League that has been reported to play a home game outside of England.

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