UEFA Champions League Draw Highlights: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will meet in a mouthwatering clash in this season's Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in the same group in Thursday's draw. Messi and Ronaldo will resume the rivalry they developed when the Portuguese superstar was at Real Madrid. Between them they have won 11 of the last 12 Ballons d'Or. The two heavyweights were drawn in Group G along with Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine and Ferencvaros, the Hungarian club returning to the group stage for the first time in quarter of a century.
Group A - Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow Group B - Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Mnchengladbach 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 Kyiv, Ferencvros Group H - Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Baakehir
Oct 1, 2020 21:39 (IST)
The best forward of the men's and women's Champions League are - Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Wolfsburg's Pernille Harder (now plays for Chelsea).
With so many strong teams in the mix we are surely going to get some mouth watering clashes. The UEFA Champions League 2020-21 draw is a almost upon us.
Oct 1, 2020 20:15 (IST)
These are the schduled matchdays -
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
Oct 1, 2020 20:09 (IST)
In the face of travel restrictions, it will allow matches on neutral territory. If a club suffers a Covid-19 outbreak, a game can go ahead as long as each team has at least 13 fit players including one goalkeeper.
The group stage starts on Oct 20, more than a month later than usual, and all six rounds of games will be packed into eight weeks.
However, in the event of more delays, UEFA has set January 28 as the deadline to complete the group stage.
Oct 1, 2020 20:03 (IST)
POT 4 -
Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Marseille (France), Club Brugge (Belgium), Borussia Mnchengladbach (Germany), Istanbul Baakehir (Turkey), Midtjylland (Denmark), Rennes (France), Ferencvros (Hungary).
Oct 1, 2020 19:58 (IST)
POT 3 -
Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine), Salzburg (Austria), Leipzig (Germany), Inter Milan (Italy), Olympiakos (Greece), Lazio (Italy), Krasnodar (Russia), Atalanta (Italy).
Oct 1, 2020 19:55 (IST)
POT 2 -
Barcelona (Spain), Atltico Madrid (Spain), Manchester City (England), Manchester United (England), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Chelsea (England), Ajax (Netherlands).
Oct 1, 2020 19:51 (IST)
POT 1 -
Bayern Munich (Germany), Sevilla (Spain), Real Madrid (Spain), Liverpool (England), Juventus (Italy), Paris Saint-Germain (France), Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Porto (Portugal).
Oct 1, 2020 19:49 (IST)
No teams from the same country can be put in the same group. It means a group can include teams from each of Europe's four highest-ranked leagues
UEFA will ensure teams from Russia and Ukraine are kept apart for security reasons. That rule has been in place since 2014 when Russia annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine and separatist conflict flared in eastern Ukraine.
Oct 1, 2020 19:44 (IST)
The likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United will know who they will face in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Atalanta, RB Leipzig and Marseille are also in the UCL draw.
UEFA Champions League Draw 2020-21 (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Meanwhile, beaten 2020 finalists Paris Saint-Germain will have a chance for revenge against Manchester United, who ousted the French club in the last 16 two seasons ago.
PSG will also come up against RB Leipzig in Group H. The sides met in last season's semi-finals in Lisbon in August, with Paris winning 3-0 before losing to Bayern Munich in their first ever final appearance.
Completing the group is Istanbul Basaksehir, who are appearing in the tournament proper for the first time.
English Premier League champions Liverpool, who won the Champions League in 2019, will face Ajax as well as Atalanta and Midtjylland of Denmark in Group D.
Holders Bayern will take on Atletico Madrid and will also have a short trip across the border to Austria to take on Salzburg in Group A. Lokomotiv Moscow are other team in the section.
Other notable match-ups will see 13-time European champions Real Madrid meet Inter Milan in Group B and Chelsea come up against debutants Rennes as well as Europa League winners Sevilla in Group E.
Chelsea signed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes last week.
The group stage starts on October 20, and all six rounds of games will be crammed into eight weeks in a schedule that is even more packed than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This season's final is scheduled to be staged in Istanbul, which was initially the host for last season's final before UEFA was forced into a change of plans because of the health crisis.
It remains to be seen whether spectators will be able to attend matches in the group stage.