08 August 2020 16:32
The video will start in 8 Cancel Never miss a thing from Belfast and beyond - sign up for FREE updates direct to your email inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email It's hard to know whether we're coming or going with European club football these days. The 2019/20 Champions League and Europa League competitions are still ongoing. And the 2020/21 campaign kicked off on Saturday with Linfield involved in a mini-tournament in Switzerland. The Blues beat Tre Fiori in a Champions League preliminary round semi-final, and now have a final to prepare for on Tuesday. If they win that they will reach the first qualifying round, with the draw for that taking place on Sunday.
The Europa League draw is also taking place tomorrow featuring both Glentoran and Coleraine. Here's all you need to know about the draws, starting with the Champions League... The Champions League first qualifying round draw will take place on Sunday, August 9. The draw is happening in Nyon, Switzerland and begins at 11am (BST). The second qualifying round draw will then be held on Monday, August 10, also at 11am.
Qarabag, who Linfield ran close in the Europa League qualifiers last year, will also be in the hat, alongside League of Ireland champions Dundalk. When are the games? This season's competitions are still ongoing and they won't be over until just days before the new campaign starts. The first round games will be played on either August 18 or 19. The ties have been changed to just one leg because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The home side will be decided at the draw. What about the Europa League? The draw for the preliminary qualifying round of the Europa League will also take place on Sunday. Danske Bank Premiership runners-up Coleraine and Irish Cup winners Glentoran both go into the hat for that one. The first qualifying round draw will then be made on Monday, meaning both clubs will know their potential opponents should they progress. Both Irish League representatives will be unseeded, with potential preliminary round opponents including B36 Torshavn, Lincoln Red Imps and NSI Runavik. Each round will involve just one-legged ties, with the preliminary round games taking place on August 20. Can I watch Sunday's draw? You will be able to watch the draw on the UEFA website. Mauricio Pochettino could be offered a return to management by Juventus once the Italian club have first made a check on Pep Guardiola. Manchester City manager Guardiola would be the first choice of Juventus to succeed Maurizio Sarri, who was sacked on Saturday following the Champions League elimination to Lyon. Juve are expected to explore whether they have any chance of tempting Guardiola away from England, but City will be confident of holding on to the Spaniard following their Champions League reprieve. Guardiola has suggested he will at least see out his City contract that expires in 2021 and on Friday night guided his team to the quarter-finals of the Champions League by knocking out Real Madrid. City are also providing him with the funds to try to wrestle the Premier League title back from Liverpool next season, with the club already signing Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake. TURIN (Reuters) – Serie A club Juventus have sacked coach Maurizio Sarri after one season in charge, following the team's elimination from the Champions League in the round of 16 on Friday, the Turin club said in a statement. The 61-year-old was dismissed despite leading Juventus to the Serie A title two weeks ago, their ninth in a row. "Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team," the club said on its website. "The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus' history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football," it added. Sarri had been under pressure since his side lost to Napoli on penalties in the final of the Coppa Italia in June. Juventus have become so dominant in Serie A in the last decade that winning the domestic league is regarded as almost an obligation, while the Champions League – which the side have not won since 1996 – is regarded as their main target.