The draw for the 2020/21 Champions League group stage was made in Geneva, Switzerland this afternoon. Holders Bayern Munich, who are one of the favourites to win the elite competition, have been drawn alongside Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group A.
The Bavarian giants created history last season as they won all of their games en route to lifting the European title for the sixth time. Robert Lewandowski was the standout performer with 15 goals and six assists and it was unsurprising that he was voted the Men’s Player of the Year ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and teammate Manuel Neuer.
Among the four Bundesliga sides, they are definitely the front-runners in the pursuit of the European crown. Meanwhile, Borussia Monchegladbach, who are back in the Champions League for the first time since 2016, have a testing challenge on their hands after being pitted in the same group as Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, should fancy their chances of topping their group with Zenit St. Petersburg, Lazio and Club Brugge to face. The Black and Yellows have been knocked out at the round of 16 stage in each of the previous two campaigns and they will be hoping to do better this time around.
Compared to the trio, RB Leipzig have definitely had the toughest draw. Julian Nagelsmann’s side exceeded expectations last term as they reached the last four of the Champions League for the first time in their history. They have a tough task of getting out of their group this season with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to tackle. Istanbul Basaksehir, who are making their debut in the competition proper, are the other team in the set.
Here are the groups and opponents for the German sides:
Group A: Bayern Moscow, Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach
Group F: Zenit St.Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, İstanbul Basaksehir
UEFA have yet to provide the schedule for the group stage games.
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