The 2020-21 edition of the UEFA Champions League will see two of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face-off in the group stages.
This after Italian champions Juventus were drawn alongside Barcelona in Group G of the competition on Thursday. Completing the group will be Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv and Hungarian side Ferencváros.
The two football superstars had developed a healthy rivalry during their time in La Liga, but it ended when Ronaldo moved to Juventus to play in the Serie A
Meanwhile, the draw also gives last season’s losing finalists Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) an opportunity to face English giants Manchester United, who ousted the French club from the UEFA Champions League two seasons ago.
Joining the two in Group H of the UEFA Champions League are last year’s entertainers RB Leipzig from Germany and debutants İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. of Turkey.
Premier League champions Liverpool could be in for a tricky ride with Dutch powerhouse Ajax FC, Italy’s Atalanta and FC Midtjylland awaiting them in Group D.
Meanwhile, UCL titleholders Bayern Munich have 2015-16 runners-up Atletico Madrid clubbed alongside them in Group A. Other teams in the group include Austria’s RB Salzburg and Russian side Lokomotiv Moskva.
UEFA Champions League 2020-21 groups
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moskva
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group C: FC Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos and Marseille
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax FC, Atalanta and FC Midtjylland
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar and Rennes
Group F: Zenit St. Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio and Club Brugge
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencváros
Group H: PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig and İstanbul Başakşehir
UEFA Champions League schedule
UCL group stages
Matchday 1: Tuesday, October 20
Group E: Chelsea vs Sevilla, Rennes vs Krasnodar
Group F: Zenit vs Club Brugge, Lazio vs Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Dynamo Kyiv vs Juventus, Barcelona vs Ferencváros
Group H: PSG vs Manchester United, RB Leipzig vs İstanbul Başakşehir
Wednesday 21 October
Group A: RB Salzburg vs Lokomotiv Moskva, Bayern Munich vs Atlético Madrid
Group B: Real Madrid vs Shakhtar, Inter Milan vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group C: Manchester City vs Porto, Olympiacos vs Marseille
Group D: Ajax vs Liverpool, Midtjylland vs Atalanta
Matchday 2: Tuesday, October 27
Group A: Lokomotiv Moskva vs Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid vs Salzburg
Group B: Shakhtar vs Inter Milan, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Real Madrid
Group C: Porto vs Olympiacos, Marseille vs Manchester City
Group D: Liverpool vs Midtjylland, Atalanta vs Ajax
Wednesday 28 October
Group E: Krasnodar vs Chelsea, Sevilla vs Rennes
Group F: Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit, Club Brugge vs Lazio
Group G: Juventus vs Barcelona, Ferencváros vs Dynamo Kyiv
Group H: İstanbul Başakşehir vs PSG, Manchester United vs Leipzig
Matchday 3: Tuesday, November 3
Group A: Lokomotiv Moskva vs Atlético Madrid, Salzburg vs Bayern Munich
Group B: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Borussia Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid vs Inter Milan
Group C: Manchester City vs Olympiacos, Porto vs Marseille
Group D: Midtjylland vs Ajax, Atalanta vs Liverpool
Wednesday 4 November
Group E: Sevilla vs Krasnodar, Chelsea vs Rennes
Group F: Zenit vs Lazio, Club Brugge vs Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencváros vs Juventus
Group H: İstanbul Başakşehir vs Manchester United, Leipzig vs PSG
Matchday 4: Tuesday, November 24
Group E: Krasnodar vs Sevilla, Rennes vs Chelsea
Group F: Lazio vs Zenit, Borussia Dortmund vs Club Brugge
Group G: Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona, Juventus vs Ferencváros
Group H: Manchester United vs İstanbul Başakşehir, PSG vs Leipzig
Wednesday, 25 November
Group A: Atlético Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moskva, Bayern Munich vs Salzburg
Group B: Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan vs Real Madrid
Group C: Olympiacos vs Manchester City, Marseille vs Porto
Group D: Liverpool vs Atalanta, Ajax vs Midtjylland
Matchday 5: Tuesday, 1 December
Group A: Lokomotiv Moskva vs Salzburg, Atlético Madrid vs Bayern Munich
Group B: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Inter Milan
Group C: Marseille vs Olympiacos, Porto vs Manchester City
Group D: Liverpool vs Ajax, Atalanta vs Midtjylland
Wednesday, 2 December
Group E: Krasnodar vs Rennes, Sevilla vs Chelsea
Group F: Borussia Dortmund vs Lazio, Club Brugge vs Zenit
Group G: Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencváros vs Barcelona
Group H: İstanbul Başakşehir vs Leipzig, Manchester United vs PSG
Matchday 6: Tuesday, 8 December
Group E: Chelsea vs Krasnodar, Rennes vs Sevilla
Group F: Zenit vs Borussia Dortmund, Lazio vs Club Brugge
Group G: Barcelona vs Juventus, Dynamo Kyiv vs Ferencváros
Group H: PSG vs İstanbul Başakşehir, Leipzig vs Manchester United
Wednesday, 9 December
Group A: Bayern Munich vs Lokomotiv Moskva, Salzburg vs Atlético Madrid
Group B: Real Madrid vs Borussia Mönchengladbach, Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Group C: Manchester City vs Marseille, Olympiacos vs Porto
Group D: Ajax vs Atalanta, Midtjylland vs Liverpool
UCL knockout stages
Round of 16 - February 16, March 17
Quarter-finals - April 6, 14
Semi-finals - April 27, May 5
Final - May 29 (Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul)
What’s new in the UEFA Champions League?
While the knock-out stages from quarter-finals of the 2019-20 edition of the UEFA Champions League were played as a single-legged tie in Lisbon, the competition will revert to two-legged tie for this season.
UEFA has also decided to continue with the five substitute rule for the new season. Thus, increasing the squad strength to 23.
Where to watch the UEFA Champions League live in India
Sony is the official broadcaster of the UEFA Champions League in India. The UCL matches will be broadcast live on Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 2 HD, Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels.
Live streaming of the UEFA Champions League in India will be available on SonyLIV.