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2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage

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Template:Infobox international football competition The 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage began on 20 October 2020 and ended on 9 December 2020.[1] A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout phase of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League.

Krasnodar, Midtjylland, İstanbul Başakşehir and Rennes made their debut appearances in the group stage.

Draw[edit source | edit]

The draw was held at the RTS Studios in Geneva, Switzerland on 1 October 2020 at 17:00 CEST.[2]

The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on the following principles (Regulations Article 13.06):

  • Pot 1 contained the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2019 UEFA country coefficients. As the Champions League title holders, Bayern Munich, were also the champions of their association, the champions of the next highest ranked association, Portugal, were also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pots 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients.[3]

On 17 July 2014, the UEFA emergency panel ruled that Ukrainian and Russian clubs would not be drawn against each other "until further notice" due to the political unrest between the countries.[4]

Moreover, for associations with two or more teams, teams were paired in order to split them into two sets of four groups (A–D, E–H) for maximum television coverage. The following pairings were announced by UEFA after the group stage teams were confirmed:[5]

On each matchday, one set of four groups played their matches on Tuesday, while the other set of four groups played their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups alternating between each matchday. The fixtures were decided after the draw, using a computer draw not shown to public, with the following match sequence (Regulations Article 16.02):[2]

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates
Matchday 1 20–21 October 2020
Matchday 2 27–28 October 2020
Matchday 3 3–4 November 2020
Matchday 4 24–25 November 2020
Matchday 5 1–2 December 2020
Matchday 6 8–9 December 2020

There were scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g. Real Madrid & Atlético Madrid and Manchester City & Manchester United) in general were not scheduled to play at home on the same matchday (to avoid them playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days, due to logistics and crowd control), and teams from "winter countries" (e.g. Russia) were not scheduled to play at home on the last matchday (due to cold weather).

Teams[edit source | edit]

Below were the participating teams (with their 2020 UEFA club coefficients),[6] grouped by their seeding pot. They include:

Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to round of 16
Third-placed teams enter Europa League round of 32
Pot 1 (by association rank)
Assoc. Team Notes Coeff.
TH & 4 Template:Fbaicon Bayern Munich 136.000
EL Template:Fbaicon Sevilla 102.000
1 Template:Fbaicon Real Madrid 134.000
2 Template:Fbaicon Liverpool 99.000
3 Template:Fbaicon Juventus 117.000
5 Template:Fbaicon Paris Saint-Germain 113.000
6 Template:Fbaicon Zenit Saint Petersburg 64.000
7 Template:Fbaicon Porto 75.000
Pot 2
Team Notes Coeff.
Template:Fbaicon Barcelona 128.000
Template:Fbaicon Atlético Madrid 127.000
Template:Fbaicon Manchester City 116.000
Template:Fbaicon Manchester United 100.000
Template:Fbaicon Shakhtar Donetsk 85.000
Template:Fbaicon Borussia Dortmund 85.000
Template:Fbaicon Chelsea 83.000
Template:Fbaicon Ajax 69.500
Pot 3
Team Notes Coeff.
Template:Fbaicon Dynamo Kyiv [LP] 55.000
Template:Fbaicon Red Bull Salzburg [CP] 53.500
Template:Fbaicon RB Leipzig 49.000
Template:Fbaicon Inter Milan 44.000
Template:Fbaicon Olympiacos [CP] 43.000
Template:Fbaicon Lazio 41.000
Template:Fbaicon Krasnodar [LP] 35.500
Template:Fbaicon Atalanta 33.500
Pot 4
Team Notes Coeff.
Template:Fbaicon Lokomotiv Moscow 33.000
Template:Fbaicon Marseille 31.000
Template:Fbaicon Club Brugge 28.500
Template:Fbaicon Borussia Mönchengladbach 26.000
Template:Fbaicon İstanbul Başakşehir 21.500
Template:Fbaicon Midtjylland [CP] 14.500
Template:Fbaicon Rennes 14.000
Template:Fbaicon Ferencváros [CP] 9.000

Notes

  1. TH Champions League title holders, automatically placed into Pot 1 as top seed.
  2. EL Europa League title holders, automatically placed into Pot 1 as second top seed.
  3. CP Winners of play-off round (Champions Path).
  4. LP Winners of play-off round (League Path).

Format[edit source | edit]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams entered the Europa League round of 32.

Tiebreakers[edit source | edit]

Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams were tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (see Article 17 Equality of points – group stage, Regulations of the UEFA Champions League):[7]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among the tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among the tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among the tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among the tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams were tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above were reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Wins in all group matches;
  10. Away wins in all group matches;
  11. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  12. UEFA club coefficient.

Groups[edit source | edit]

The matchdays were 20–21 October, 27–28 October, 3–4 November, 24–25 November, 1–2 December, and 8–9 December 2020. The scheduled kickoff times were 21:00 CET/CEST, with two matches on each Tuesday and Wednesday scheduled for 18:55 CET/CEST.[8]

Times were CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group A[edit source | edit]

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Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. CEST (UTC+2) for dates up to 24 October 2020 (matchday 1), and CET (UTC+1) for dates thereafter (matchdays 2–6).

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "UEFA Champions League Schedule". UEFA.com. 30 September 2020.
  2. "UEFA Champions League group stage draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  3. "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. UEFA.
  4. "Emergency Panel decisions". UEFA.com. UEFA. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  5. "Champions League group stage draw: all you need to know". UEFA.com. UEFA. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  6. "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  7. "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League, 2020/21". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 September 2020.
  8. "Champions League group stage fixtures". UEFA.com. 2 October 2020.

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