Champions League

Champions League group stage draw in full: Messi and Ronaldo to face off

Europe's premier club competition is back for a new season, with Bayern set to defend their title from 2019/20

 
5:22pm on Thursday 1st October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

The draw for the 2020/21 Champions League group stage has been made.

Last season, we saw a historical mini tournament for the latter stages of the competition.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the quarter-finals were postponed until the summer when they took place in one location in Lisbon.

Bayern eventually won their sixth European Cup after defeating Paris Saint-Germain in the final.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

GROUP A

Teams
BayernAtletico
SalzburgLokomotiv Moscow

GROUP B

Teams
Real MadridShakhtar
InterGladbach

GROUP C

Teams
PortoMan City
OlympiacosMarseille

GROUP D

Teams
LiverpoolAjax
AtalantaFC Midtjylland

GROUP E

Teams
SevillaChelsea
KrasnodarRennes

GROUP F

Teams
ZenitDortmund
LazioClub Brugge

GROUP G

Teams
JuventusBarcelona
Dynamo KyivFerencvaros

GROUP H

Teams
PSGMan Utd
RB LeipzigBasaksehir

Real Madrid have been drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk, Antonio Conte's Inter and Gladbach, in what is a trickier draw for Los Blancos than they are generally used to over recent seasons, but will still be expected to qualify.

One of the most difficult groups to predict is Group H where Manchester United have been reunited with Paris Saint-Germain after eliminating them from the competition two years ago, and RB Leipzig, who reached the semi-finals last season. United's record at the group stage isn't perfect and this will prove a real test. Basaksehir completes the group and will hope they are not there to make up the numbers.

Another major headline to emerge from the draw will be the renewal of the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry, with Barcelona drawn alongside Juventus in Group G. Following Barca's humiliating loss versus Bayern in the quarters last year, the Blaugrana will be hoping for much, much better in 2020/21.

Liverpool, Ajax, and Atalanta are sure to provide plenty of entertainment in Group D, with playoff side Midtjylland having their work cut out for those matches.

Man City have been given a very favourable draw, with them likely to make short work of Porto, Marseille, and Olympiacos.

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