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Athletico Madrid are looking to change the venue of their match against Chelsea



Atletico Madrid are studying the option of playing the home leg of their Champions League tie with Chelsea in Bucharest, Romania.

Spain currently has restrictions in place to prevent arrivals from the UK, where a new coronavirus strain has originated.

These restrictions are in place until February 16, with the first leg of Atletico’s last 16 tie set to take place at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on February 23.

In case those restrictions are extended beyond February 16, Atletico are looking into different venues to play the match.

Among the options is the National Stadium in Bucharest, where Diego Simeone won his first trophy in charge of Atletico in 2012. Los Rojiblancos beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Club 3-0 in the Romanian capital on that occasion, with goals from Radamel Falcao and Diego.

Atletico will let UEFA know which stadium they have agreed to play the first leg, should restrictions not be lifted by then, on Monday.

RB Leipzig will play the home leg of their tie with Liverpool in Budapest, Hungary, because Germany has similar restrictions on arrivals from the UK.

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