2020-21 UEFA Champions League draw pits Messi against Ronaldo
2020-21 UEFA Champions League draw gets underway
Draw pits Messi against Ronaldo
The Champions League draw for the 2020-21 season was held at Nyon, Switzerland with Europe's apex football body disclosing the list of teams participating under the eight clusters in the Group stage.
The draw is as follows:
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzberg, Lokomotiv Moscow.
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach.
Group C: FC Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille.
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland.
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes.
Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge.
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros.
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir.
English clubs Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will all be facing European opposition in the Group stages.
United who managed to squirm into the Top Four of the Premier League find themselves in a Group of death, cloistered amidst 2020 European runners-up Paris Saint Germain and Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, eliminated in the Round of 8 last season, were drawn with Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille in the Group C cluster.
Chelsea will meet Europa League winners Sevilla along with Krasnodar and Rennes in Group E. 2019 champions Liverpool have been drawn alongside Ajax, Atalanta and Midtjylland in Group D.
Quite interestingly, Barcelona icon Lionel Messi will come face to face with ex-Real Madrid hero and now Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo with both their clubs pitted against each other in Group G.
Champions Bayern Munich have been landed a comparatively easy draw with Atletico Madrid, RB Salzberg and Lokomotiv Moscow lining up the Cluster A.
Krasnodar and Midtjylland will make their Champions League debuts after advancing through the qualifying playoffs on Wednesday.
Russian club Krasnodar beat PAOK Thessaloniki 2-1 in the second leg in Greece to go through 4-2 on aggregate while Midtjylland prevailed 4-1 over Slavia to make their first cut in the Champions League.