UCL draw balls

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage draw is scheduled to take place tomorrow on Thursday 1st October at the RTS studios in Geneva, Switzerland.

The annual draw for the group stages will take place after the last remaining play-off round ties are decided on Wednesday.

As always, there will be 32 teams to be drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association or country cannot be drawn against each other.

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Bayern return to the 2020/21 competition as holders having beaten Paris in the final in Lisbon to become European champions for a sixth time.

The UEFA Executive Committee decided on 24 September that five substitutions will be allowed for the remainder of the season. Consequently, the number of players allowed on the match sheet will be increased to 23.

Apart from the UCL draw, UEFA will also be using the ceremony to announce the 2019/20 UEFA Best Player in Europe.

Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski is up against teammate Manuel Neuer and Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne for the top award.

UEFA will also award the Goalkeeper of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season, Defender of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season, Midfielder of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season and Forward of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season.

Pots

Pot 1: Bayern, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Porto.

Pot 2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax.

Pot 3: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Salzburg (AUT), RB Leipzig (GER), Internazionale Milano (ITA), Olympiacos (GRE), Lazio (ITA), Krasnodar (RUS), Atalanta (ITA)

Pot 4: Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Marseille (FRA), Club Brugge (BEL), Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER), İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR), Midtjylland (DEN), Rennes (FRA), Ferencváros (HUN)

The group stages get underway in the week of October 19, with six rounds of group games running through to mid-December.

Matchday 1: October 20/21

Matchday 2: October 27/28

Matchday 3: November 3/4

Matchday 4: November 24/25

Matchday 5: December 1/2

Matchday 6: December 8/9

This season’s final will be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.