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Champions League draw: Man Utd in group of death, tricky Liverpool ties, Messi vs Ronaldo

2020-21 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAW IN FULL

  • The 2020-21 Champions League group stage draw has been conducted 
  • Manchester United have been paired with Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Liverpool take on Ajax, Atalanta and Midtjylland
  • Manchester City have been given clashes with Porto, Olympiakos and Marseille
  • Chelsea face Europa League winners Sevilla, a trip to Russia to face Krasnodar and Rennes
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will go head-to-head with Barcelona and Juventus both in Group G

Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale, Borussia Monchengladbach

Group C: Porto, Manchester CityOlympiakos, Marseille

Group D: LiverpoolAjax, Atalanta, Midtjylland

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Group E: Sevilla, ChelseaKrasnodar, Rennes

Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge

Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros

Group H: PSG, Manchester UnitedRB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

Round dates

MATCHDAY 1: 20/21 October

MATCHDAY 2: 27/28 October

MATCHDAY 3: 3/4 November

MATCHDAY 4: 24/25 November

MATCHDAY 5: 1/2 December

MATCHDAY 6: 8/9 December

Specific fixture dates to be revealed on Friday evening

2020-21 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAW RECAP

Signing off

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5.35pm: The draw is done and now so too are the awards.

Men’s Coach of the Year, rather unsurprisingly, goes to Hansi Flick after his Bayern side won the treble and stormed to Champions League glory in some fashion.

Men’s Player of the Year goes to Lewandowski, who will take two gongs on the flight home after winning Forward of the Season too.

He beats De Bruyne and Neuer to the strange torso-shaped award and deservedly so.

The Pole scored 15 times in 10 games in this competition last term, scoring in every game he played in bar the win over PSG in the final. That was part of 55 goals in 47 games across all competitions.

And that’s that – the 2020-21 Champions League group stage draw ceremony is all done.

Thanks for joining Express Sport this evening. Stick around for more reaction to the draw throughout the evening. 

Draw done

5.25pm: There we have it then. What a draw. Worth the wait? Maybe just.

There are some thrilling ties in there, and it’s Group H that grabs the headlines – unfortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.

PSG, Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir will provide three tricky tests all in their own right for the Red Devils.

Liverpool’s group isn’t easy either and their clashes promise some exciting attacking football against Ajax, Atalanta and Champions League debutants Midtjylland of Denmark.

Man City will fancy their chances of coming out on top against Porto, Olympiakos and Marseille while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will also be confident of progression.

They face Europa League winners Chelsea but neither Krasnodar or Rennes have ever played in the Champions League group stages.

Completing the set

5.15pm: Shock of shocks, Robert Lewandowski is named Men’s Player of the Season.

Back to the draw and those groups are looking even better. Group D screams goals, while Salzburg are an intriguing entry into Group A.

It looks like it’s Group H that will be the designated ‘Group of Death’ for 2020-21. 

And now to complete the groups…

Group A – Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group B – Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale, Borussia Monchengladbach

Group C – 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 Kiev, Ferencvaros

Group H – PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

Pot 3 clubs

5.05pm: We’re over an hour into this draw now. They really do drag these things out don’t they?

Some lovely ties already though there – headlined by Lionel Messi’s Barcelona vs Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, last year’s runners-up PSG vs Manchester United and Liverpool vs Ajax. 

Chelsea meanwhile take on Europa League winners Sevilla and holders Bayern Munich’s clash with Atletico Madrid is another tasty one.

PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne of Man City is named the UEFA Men’s Midfielder of the Season and now it’s on to Pot 3…

Group A – Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg

Group B – Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale

Group C – Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos

Group D – Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta

Group E – Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar

Group F – Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio

Group G – Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev

Group H – PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig

Pot 2 clubs

4.50pm: Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich is named Men’s Defender of the Season. I’m sensing a theme here. Now on to Pot 2…

Group A – Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid

Group B – Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk 

Group C – Porto, Manchester City

Group D – Liverpool, Ajax

Group E – Sevilla, Chelsea

Group F – Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund

Group G – Juventus, Barcelona

Group H – PSG, Manchester United

Finally!

4.30pm: A few awards out of the way, now it’s time for the real business.

If you were wondering… former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba got the UEFA President’s Award and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer was named Men’s Goalkeeper of the Season.

But don’t you worry, there’s still the Defender of the Season, Midfielder of the Season, Forward of the Season and Player of the Season to come.

Drogba and Florent Malouda, his old Chelsea team-mate, are the two former players conducting the draw. First up it’s the Pot 1 clubs…

Group A – Bayern Munich

Group B – Real Madrid

Group C – Porto

Group D – Liverpool

Group E – Sevilla

Group F – Zenit St Petersburg

Group G – Juventus

Group H – PSG

Let the draw… begin

4pm: In the words of Fabrizio Romano, here we go! The ceremony in Geneva is now underway.

Don’t expect the balls to actually be taken out of the pots for at least another 20 minutes or so, though. You all know the drill by now with a UEFA draw.

Are you reaaaaadddyyyyy

3.55pm: Not long now. Get your cuppa, get seated. It’s almost Pedro Pinto and Reshmin Chowdhury time. 

This year’s competition

3.45pm: In the coronavirus-impacted 2019-20 campaign, the group stages were played out in full and so was the last 16 – but quarter-final and semi-final ties were both played in just one leg in a cramped August schedule to ensure the competition was completed.

This year, the 66th season of the European Cup, will see a return to the normal format – with all knockout ties to be played over two legs.

The group stages will still be played out in a home-and-away format, with all teams playing six games.

However, just 50 days will separate the first match-day and the sixth match-day in the group stages – a far shorter gap than normal.

That is because if not for COVID-19, the 2020-21 season would have got underway a month earlier but the European Championship being held next summer means the time between the two campaigns was significantly reduced due to the extreme circumstances.

The top teams in each group will advance to the last 16 with the eight third-placed teams dropping into the Europa League knockout rounds. The fourth-placed teams drop out of European competition completely.

Source:Daily Express :: Sport Feed

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