UEFA announced the groups for the 2020-21 edition of the Champions League. The top 32 teams from Europe learned their fate ahead of the taxing competition that is set to flag off later this month.
The teams were categorized into 4 points as per the club coefficient with the ground rules stating that only one team can be drawn from one pot and no two clubs from the same country can be drawn together in a single group.
After a brief hiatus in their rivalry which was triggered by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus to Real Madrid, he is set to lock horns against his greatest rival, Lionel Messi after the two clubs were drawn together in Group G alongside Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros. This will mark the first instance that Ronaldo and Messi will face each other in group stages of the competition.
Group H turned out to be the group of death with 2019-20 Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain drawn alongside Manchester United and RB Leipzig. Debutants Istanbul Basaksehir joined the group as the fourth and final team. The Ligue 1 champions were knocked out by Manchester United, the last time these two sides faced in the Round of 16 stage in 2018.
Defending champions Bayern Munich have to overcome La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in order to win the Champions League again.
Record winners Real Madrid have been handed a tricky group following the inclusion of the rising Inter Milan, Shaktar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach.
2018-19 winners Liverpool face a challenge from Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland in order to get into the knockout stages. Fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City had a relatively favourable draw with Sevilla and Porto being their biggest obstacles respectively.
Group F of the Champions League sees the teams Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge being drawn together.
Champions League groups in full
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Group A: Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Monchengladbach
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes
Group F: Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros
Group H: PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir
Apart from the group stage draw, the UEFA also declared the awards for the best players and coaches for the 2019-20 season.
Robert Lewandowski was crowned as the Men’s Player Of The Year and expressed his pleasure by saying, “I’m very grateful, very proud and very happy,”
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