In DESTINATION PORTO: THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY, award-winning soccer journalist and CBS Sports analyst Guillem Balagué provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his months-long travels across a Europe struggling to contain a devastating pandemic, as he covers the chase for the greatest annual prize in sports: the UEFA Champions League.
Balagué welcomes the cameras into his new world of COVID tests and long, lonely journeys through once familiar and thriving cities and streets, now all changed. DESTINATION PORTO: THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the top clubs in the world amid the new reality of empty stadiums and quarantine restrictions. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic, PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino, and former Liverpool UEFA Champions League winners and current CBS Sports analysts Jamie Carragher and Luis Garcia, among many others.
Expecting the unexpected becomes Balagué’s mantra, but nothing can prepare anyone for covering the death of Diego Maradona in Naples or being in Bergamo, Italy on the one-year anniversary of “Game-Zero.” Balagué travels to some of the great cities of Europe – Rome, Paris, London, Madrid and ultimately Porto, Portugal, for the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final and the return of fans in the stands. It is a journey he has taken many times, but never like this.