We have the full draw for the 2020/21 Champions League Soccer group stages. Fixtures start in October.
The Champions League draw for the new season took place yesterday evening and there was one fixture in particular that caught the eye. Juventus vs Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi. The two heavyweights of the footballing world have not faced each other since Ronaldo ditched Madrid for Turin in 2018. Both teams occupy Group G along with Dynamo Kiev and Ferencváros. The latter, hailing from Hungary, have reached the Champions League group stages for the first time in 25 years.
Tough Draw for Ole’s Men
Amongst the Premier League sides, Manchester United were handed the toughest draw. They will go to battle against 2019/20 runners-up Paris Saint-Germain, as well as semi-finalists RB Leipzig.
The 2018/19 winners Liverpool will have to overcome sturdy opposition in the form of Ajax and Atalanta. Both teams thrived in the ‘underdog’ role over the last two years. Most recently, Atalanta became a neutral fan’s favourite after heroic performances against the likes of Manchester City and Valencia in last season’s competition.
Having found themselves in Pot 2 for this year’s draw, Pep Guardiola’s team will be relieved as they managed to avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, PSG and Juventus. Group C is made up of Porto, Man City, Olympiacos and Marseille. It has been almost 10 years since a Guardiola team last won the trophy.
After a poor start to the Premier League season, Chelsea will need to find some form as they matched with Europa League winners Sevilla. Krasnador and Rennes make up the remainder of the group.
Back-to-Back for Bayern?
In order to retain the title for a second year, Bayern Munich must see off the challenges of Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group A. After dominating last season’s competition, Bayern will be favourites to lift the coveted trophy once again.
Thirteen-time winners Real Madrid spearhead Group B. The Spanish giants have ties against Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Borussia Mönchengladbach to look forward to. You can find the full draw below, with the first round of group games due to begin on October 20th.
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group C: FC Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Marseille
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, FC Midtjylland
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes
Group F: Zenit, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Bruges
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencváros
Group H: PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, İstanbul Başakşehir