2020–21 UEFA Champions League

the 66th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA

The 2020–21 UEFA Champions League is the 66th season of the UEFA Champions League.

2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Porto Estádio do Dragão 2.jpg
The Estádio do Dragão in Porto hosted the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
8 August 2020 – 30 September 2020
Competition proper:
20 October 2020 – 29 May 2021
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79 (from 54 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Chelsea (2nd title)
Runners-upEngland Manchester City
Tournament statistics
Matches played125
Goals scored366 (2.93 per match)
Attendance180,049 (1,440 per match)
Top scorer(s)Norway Erling Haaland
(10 goals)

The final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. The stadium was originally suppose to host the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final, but this was moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. However, UEFA is moved to Portgual.[1] The winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage, and will also play against the winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup. They will also qualify for the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Bayern Munich are holding the current title, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Paris Saint-Germain. Paris Saint-Germain was the opponent whom Bayern Munich defeated in the previous final.

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 79 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[2]

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League and 2019–20 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League through their domestic leagues. However, the Champions League and Europa League title holders have qualified through their domestic leagues, meaning the two additional entries are not necessary for this season.

DistributionEdit

The following is the access list for this season.[3]

Access list for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round

(4 teams)

  • 4 champions from associations 52–55
First qualifying round

(34 teams)

  • 33 champions from associations 18–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 1 winner from preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path

(20 teams)

  • 3 champions from associations 15–17
  • 17 winners from first qualifying round
League Path

(6 teams)

  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
Third qualifying round Champions Path

(10 teams)

  • 10 winners from second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path

(6 teams)

  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9
  • 3 winners from second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round Champions Path

(8 teams)

  • 3 champions from associations 12–14
  • 5 winners from third qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path

(4 teams)

  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
  • 3 winners from third qualifying round (League Path)
Group stage

(32 teams)

  • 11 champions from associations 1–11
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 5 third-placed teams from associations 1–5
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 winners from play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from play-off round (League Path)
Knockout phase

(16 teams)

  • 8 group winners from group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from group stage

Changes were made to the default access list since the Champions League title holders, Bayern Munich, and the Europa League title holders, Sevilla, which were guaranteed berths in the Champions League group stage, already qualified for the Champions League group stage via their domestic leagues. However, as a result of schedule delays to both the 2019–20 and 2020–21 European seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 European season started before the conclusion of the 2019–20 European season. Therefore, the changes to the access list that should be made based on the Champions League and Europa League title holders could not be certain until matches of the earlier qualifying rounds had been played and/or their draws had been made. UEFA used "adaptive re-balancing" to change the access list once the berths for the Champions League and Europa League title holders were determined, and rounds which had already been drawn or played by the time the title holders were determined would not be impacted (Regulations Article 3.04).[2] The following changes were made:

  • At the time when the draws for the first qualifying round and second qualifying round (Champions Path) were held on 9 and 10 August 2020, it was not certain whether the Champions League title holder berth would be vacated as one of the eight quarter-finalists of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, Lyon, did not qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic league. Therefore, these draws proceeded as normal per the default access list, and the matches drawn, which were played on 18–19 and 25–26 August 2020, were not changed even though after the semi-finals of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, which were played on 18–19 August 2020, it was confirmed both finalists, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, already qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic leagues, meaning the Champions League title holder berth would be vacated. As a result, "adaptive re-balancing" started from the third qualifying round (Champions Path), whose draw was held on 31 August 2020, and the following changes to the access list were made:
    • The champions of association 11 (Netherlands), Ajax, entered the group stage instead of the play-off round (Champions Path).
    • The champions of associations 13 and 14 (Czech Republic and Greece), Slavia Prague and Olympiacos, entered the play-off round (Champions Path) instead of the third qualifying round (Champions Path).
  • At the time when the draw for the second qualifying round (League Path) was held on 10 August 2020, it was not certain whether the Europa League title holder berth would be vacated as four of the quarter-finalists of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bayer Leverkusen, Copenhagen and Basel, did not qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic leagues. Therefore, this draw proceeded as normal per the default access list, and the matches drawn, which were played on 25–26 August 2020, were not changed even though after the quarter-finals of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, which were played on 10–11 August 2020, it was confirmed all four semi-finalists, Sevilla, Manchester United, Internazionale and Shakhtar Donetsk, already qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic leagues, meaning the Europa League title holder berth would be vacated. As a result, "adaptive re-balancing" started from the third qualifying round (League Path), whose draw was held on 31 August 2020, and the following changes to the access list were made:
    • The third-placed team of association 5 (France), Rennes, entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round (League Path).
    • The third-placed team of association 6 (Russia), Krasnodar, entered the play-off round (League Path) instead of the third qualifying round (League Path).

TeamsEdit

In early April 2020, UEFA announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the deadline for entering the tournament had been postponed until further notice.[4] UEFA also sent a letter to all member associations that domestic leagues must be completed in full without ending prematurely in order to qualify for European competitions.[5] After meeting with the 55 UEFA associations on 21 April 2020, UEFA strongly recommended them to finish domestic top league and cup competitions, although in some special cases where it is not possible, UEFA would develop guidelines concerning participation in its club competitions in case of a cancelled league or cup.[6][7] After the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 23 April 2020, UEFA announced that if a domestic competition is prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons in accordance with conditions related to public health or economic problems, the national associations concerned are required to select their participating teams for the 2020–21 UEFA club competitions based on sporting merit in the 2019–20 domestic competitions, and UEFA reserves the right to refuse their admission if UEFA deems the termination of the competitions not legitimate, or the selection procedure not objective, transparent and non-discriminatory, or the team is perceived by the public as qualifying unfairly. A suspended domestic competition may also be restarted with a different format from the original one in a manner which would still facilitate qualification on sporting merit.[8][9] All leagues should communicate to UEFA by 25 May 2020 whether they intend to restart their competitions,[10] but this deadline was later extended. On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced that associations must enter their teams by 3 August 2020.[1]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • TH: Champions League title holders
  • EL: Europa League title holders
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.: League positions of the previous season
  • Abd-: League positions of abandoned season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe as determined by the national association; all teams are subject to approval by UEFA as per the guidelines for entry to European competitions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11]

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and League Path (LP).

Qualified teams for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Entry round Teams
GS   Bayern Munich (1st)TH   Sevilla (4th)EL   Real Madrid (1st)   Barcelona (2nd)
  Atlético Madrid (3rd)   Liverpool (1st)   Manchester City (2nd)[Note ENG]   Manchester United (3rd)
  Chelsea (4th)   Juventus (1st)   Inter Milan (2nd)   Atalanta (3rd)
  Lazio (4th)   Borussia Dortmund (2nd)   RB Leipzig (3rd)   Borussia Mönchengladbach (4th)
  Paris Saint-Germain (Abd-1st)[Note FRA]   Marseille (Abd-2nd)[Note FRA]   Rennes (Abd-3rd)[Note FRA]   Zenit Saint Petersburg (1st)
  Lokomotiv Moscow (2nd)   Porto (1st)   Club Brugge (Abd-1st)[Note BEL]   Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
  İstanbul Başakşehir (1st)   Ajax (Abd-1st)[Note NED]
PO CH   Red Bull Salzburg (1st)   Slavia Prague (1st)   Olympiacos (1st)
LP   Krasnodar (3rd)
Q3 LP   Benfica (2nd)   Gent (Abd-2nd)[Note BEL]   Dynamo Kyiv (2nd)
Q2 CH   Dinamo Zagreb (1st)   Midtjylland (1st)   Young Boys (1st)
LP   Beşiktaş (3rd)[Note TUR]   AZ (Abd-2nd)[Note NED]   Rapid Wien (2nd)   Viktoria Plzeň (2nd)
  PAOK (2nd)   Lokomotiva (2nd)
Q1   Omonia (Abd-1st)[Note CYP]   Red Star Belgrade (1st)   Celtic (Abd-1st)[Note SCO]   Dynamo Brest (1st)
  Djurgårdens IF (1st)   Molde (1st)   Astana (1st)   Legia Warsaw (1st)
  Qarabağ (Abd-1st)[Note AZE]   Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st)   Ludogorets Razgrad (1st)   CFR Cluj (1st)
  Slovan Bratislava (1st)   Celje (1st)   Ferencváros (1st)   Sileks (Abd-2nd)[Note MKD]
  Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)   Tirana (1st)   Dundalk (1st)   KuPS (1st)
  KR (1st)   Sarajevo (Abd-1st)[Note BIH]   Sūduva (1st)   Riga (1st)
  Fola Esch (Abd-1st)[Note LUX]   Ararat-Armenia (1st)   Floriana (Abd-1st)[Note MLT]   Flora (1st)
  Dinamo Tbilisi (1st)   Connah's Quay Nomads (Abd-1st)[Note WAL]   Budućnost Podgorica (Abd-1st)[Note MNE]   (1st)
  Europa (Abd-1st)[Note GIB]
PR   Linfield (Abd-1st)[Note NIR]   Drita (1st)   Inter Club d'Escaldes (1st)   Tre Fiori (Abd-1st)[Note SMR]

Notes

  1. ^ Azerbaijan (AZE): The 2019–20 Azerbaijan Premier League was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Azerbaijan. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Qarabağ (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, entering the first qualifying round.[12]
  2. ^ Belgium (BEL): The 2019–20 Belgian First Division A was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium. The top two teams of the league at the time of the abandonment, Club Brugge (who were declared champions) and Gent, were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Royal Belgian Football Association, entering the group stage and third qualifying round respectively.[13]
  3. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH): The 2019–20 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Sarajevo (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, entering the first qualifying round.[14]
  4. ^ Cyprus (CYP): The 2019–20 Cypriot First Division was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cyprus. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Omonia, were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Cyprus Football Association, entering the first qualifying round.[15]
  5. ^ England (ENG): Manchester City, the second-placed team of the 2019–20 Premier League, qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage, but were banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body on 14 February 2020 due to alleged breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations.[16] However, Manchester City appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[17] and on 13 July 2020, it was announced that the ban on them participating in UEFA club competitions was overturned and they can play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League.[18]
  6. ^ France (FRA): The 2019–20 Ligue 1 was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in France. The top three teams of the league at the time of the abandonment based on the average number of points per matches played for each team, Paris Saint-Germain (who were declared champions), Marseille and Rennes, were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the French Football Federation, entering the group stage.[19]
  7. ^ Gibraltar (GIB): The 2019–20 Gibraltar National League was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Gibraltar. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Europa, were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Gibraltar Football Association, entering the first qualifying round.[20]
  8. ^ Luxembourg (LUX): The 2019–20 Luxembourg National Division was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Luxembourg. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Fola Esch, were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Luxembourg Football Federation, entering the first qualifying round.[21]
  9. ^ Malta (MLT): The 2019–20 Maltese Premier League was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Floriana (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Malta Football Association, entering the first qualifying round.[22]
  10. ^ Montenegro (MNE): The 2019–20 Montenegrin First League was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Montenegro. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Budućnost Podgorica (who were already assured of the title by then and were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Football Association of Montenegro, entering the first qualifying round.[23]
  11. ^ Netherlands (NED): The 2019–20 Eredivisie was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands. The top two teams of the league at the time of the abandonment, Ajax and AZ, were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Royal Dutch Football Association, entering the group stage and second qualifying round respectively.[24]
  12. ^ North Macedonia (MKD): The 2019–20 Macedonian First Football League was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in North Macedonia. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Vardar (who were declared champions), failed to obtain a UEFA licence, and as a result, the second-placed team, Sileks, were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Football Federation of North Macedonia, entering the first qualifying round.[25]
  13. ^ Northern Ireland (NIR): The 2019–20 NIFL Premiership was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Ireland. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonement, Linfield (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Irish Football Association, entering the preliminary round.[26]
  14. ^ San Marino (SMR): The 2019–20 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in San Marino. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Tre Fiori (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the San Marino Football Federation, entering the preliminary round.[27]
  15. ^ Scotland (SCO): The 2019–20 Scottish Premiership was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment based on the average number of points per matches played for each team, Celtic (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Scottish Football Association, entering the first qualifying round.[28]
  16. ^ Turkey (TUR): Trabzonspor, the second-placed team of the 2019–20 Süper Lig, would have qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, but were banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020–21 season by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body on 3 June 2020 due to breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations.[29] Trabzonspor appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[30] but on 30 July 2020, it was announced that the ban on them participating in UEFA club competitions was upheld.[31] As a result, Beşiktaş, the third-placed team, qualified for this berth.
  17. ^ Wales (WAL): The 2019–20 Cymru Premier was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment based on the average number of points per matches played for each team, Connah's Quay Nomads (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by the Football Association of Wales, entering the first qualifying round.[32]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland unless otherwise stated).[33] The tournament would originally have started in June 2020, but had been delayed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[34] The new schedule was announced by the UEFA Executive Committee on 17 June 2020.[35] All qualifying matches, excluding the play-off round, were played as single leg matches, hosted by one of the teams decided by draw (except the preliminary round which was played at neutral venue).[1][36]

The group stage draw was originally to be held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, but UEFA announced on 9 September 2020 that it would be relocated to Nyon,[37] but it was eventually held at nearby Geneva.

Schedule for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 17 July 2020 8 August 2020 (semi-final round) 11 August 2020 (final round)
First qualifying round 9 August 2020 18–19 August 2020
Second qualifying round 10 August 2020 25–26 August 2020
Third qualifying round 31 August 2020 15–16 September 2020
Play-off Play-off round 1 September 2020 22–23 September 2020 29–30 September 2020
Group stage Matchday 1 1 October 2020

(Geneva)

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
Knockout phase Round of 16 14 December 2020 16–17 & 23–24 February 2021 9–10 & 16–17 March 2021
Quarter-finals 19 March 2021 6–7 April 2021 13–14 April 2021
Semi-finals 27–28 April 2021 4–5 May 2021
Final 29 May 2021 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul

The original schedule of the competition, as planned before the pandemic, was as follows (all draws held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).

Original schedule for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 9 June 2020 23 June 2020 (semi-final round) 26 June 2020 (final round)
First qualifying round 16 June 2020 7–8 July 2020 14–15 July 2020
Second qualifying round 17 June 2020 21–22 July 2020 28–29 July 2020
Third qualifying round 20 July 2020 4–5 August 2020 11 August 2020
Play-off Play-off round 3 August 2020 18–19 August 2020 25–26 August 2020
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2020

(Monaco)

15–16 September 2020
Matchday 2 29–30 September 2020
Matchday 3 20–21 October 2020
Matchday 4 3–4 November 2020
Matchday 5 24–25 November 2020
Matchday 6 8–9 December 2020
Knockout phase Round of 16 14 December 2020 16–17 & 23–24 February 2021 9–10 & 16–17 March 2021
Quarter-finals 19 March 2021 6–7 April 2021 13–14 April 2021
Semi-finals 27–28 April 2021 4–5 May 2021
Final 29 May 2021 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

 
Krasnodar players on Matchday 2 group stage with limited capacity in the stands.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the following special rules are applicable to the competition:[38][39]

  • If there are travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic that prevent the away team from entering the home team's country or returning to their own country, the match may be played at a neutral country or the away team's country that allows the match to take place.
  • If a team refuses to play or is considered responsible for a match not taking place, they are considered to have forfeited the match. If both teams refuse to play or are considered responsible for a match not taking place, both teams are disqualified.
  • If a team has players and/or officials tested positive for SARS-2 coronavirus preventing them from playing the match before the deadline set by UEFA, they are considered to have forfeited the match.

On 24 September 2020, UEFA announced that five substitutions would be permitted from the group stage onward, with a sixth allowed in extra time. However, each team is only given three opportunities to make substitutions during matches, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time. Consequently, a maximum of twelve players can be listed on the substitute bench.[40]

All qualifying matches were played behind closed doors.[36] Following the partial return of fans at the 2020 UEFA Super Cup, UEFA announced on 1 October 2020 that matches from the group stage onward could be played at 30% capacity if allowed by the local authorities.[41]

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final round
Tre Fiori   0–2   Linfield
Drita   2–1   Inter Club d'Escaldes
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final round
Drita   0–3
(awd.)[note 1]
  Linfield

Qualifying roundsEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 9 August 2020, 12:00 CEST. The matches were played on 18 and 19 August 2020. The match between KÍ and Slovan Bratislava was cancelled due to Slovan Bratislava players being put into quarantine after one player had tested positive for coronavirus, and KÍ were awarded a technical 3–0 win.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ferencváros   2–0   Djurgårdens IF
Celtic   6–0   KR
Legia Warsaw   1–0   Linfield
Sheriff Tiraspol   2–0   Fola Esch
Connah's Quay Nomads   0–2   Sarajevo
Red Star Belgrade   5–0   Europa
Budućnost Podgorica   1–3   Ludogorets Razgrad
Ararat-Armenia   0–1 (aet)   Omonia
Floriana   0–2   CFR Cluj
Maccabi Tel Aviv   2–0   Riga
Qarabağ   4–0   Sileks
Dinamo Tbilisi   0–2   Tirana
Dynamo Brest   6–3   Astana
Molde   5–0   KuPS
Flora   1–1 (aet)
(2–4 p)
  Sūduva
Celje   3–0   Dundalk
  3–0
(awd.)[note 2]
  Slovan Bratislava

Second qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 10 August 2020, 12:00 CEST. The matches were played on 25 and 26 August 2020.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Champions Path
CFR Cluj   2–2 (aet)
(5–6 p)
  Dinamo Zagreb
Young Boys   3–1  
Celtic   1–2   Ferencváros
Sūduva   0–3   Maccabi Tel Aviv
Legia Warsaw   0–2 (aet)   Omonia
Celje   1–2   Molde
Ludogorets Razgrad   0–1   Midtjylland
Dynamo Brest   2–1   Sarajevo
Qarabağ   2–1   Sheriff Tiraspol
Tirana   0–1   Red Star Belgrade
Team 1  Score  Team 2
League Path
AZ   3–1 (aet)   Viktoria Plzeň
PAOK   3–1   Beşiktaş
Lokomotiva   0–1   Rapid Wien

From the ten losers of Champions Path, two teams, Tirana and Ludogorets Razgrad, determined by a draw held on 31 August 2020 after the Europa League second qualifying round draw,entered the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League play-off round (Champions Path), while the other eight teams entered the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (Champions Path). The losers of League Path entered the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (Main Path).

Third qualifying roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Champions Path
Ferencváros   2–1   Dinamo Zagreb
Qarabağ   0–0 (aet)
(5–6 p)
  Molde
Omonia   1–1 (aet)
(4–2 p)
  Red Star Belgrade
Midtjylland   3–0   Young Boys
Maccabi Tel Aviv   1–0   Dynamo Brest
Team 1  Score  Team 2
League Path
PAOK   2–1   Benfica
Dynamo Kyiv   2–0   AZ
Gent   2–1   Rapid Wien

The losers of Champions Path entered the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League play-off round (Champions Path). The losers of League Path entered the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Play-off roundEdit

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Champions Path
Slavia Prague   1–4   Midtjylland 0–0 1–4
Maccabi Tel Aviv   2–5   Red Bull Salzburg 1–2 1–3
Olympiacos   2–0   Omonia 2–0 0–0
Molde   3–3 (a)   Ferencváros 3–3 0–0
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
League Path
Krasnodar   4–2   PAOK 2–1 2–1
Gent   1–5   Dynamo Kyiv 1–2 0–3

The losers of both Champions Path and League Path entered the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;
  Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F;   Purple: Group G;   Pink: Group H.

A total of 32 teams play in the group stage, from 15 countries: 26 teams which entered in this stage, and the six winners of the play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path).

The draw for the group stage was held on 1 October 2020, 17:00 CEST, at the RTS Studios in Geneva, Switzerland.[51] 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 (introduced starting 2015–16 season):[52][53]

  • 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.[54] As the Champions League title holder, Bayern Munich, were also their national champions, the champion of the association ranked seventh was also seeded in pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients.[55]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League round of 32. The matchdays are 20–21 October, 27–28 October, 3–4 November, 24–25 November, 1–2 December and 8–9 December 2020.

The youth teams of the clubs that qualify for the group stage also participate in the 2020–21 UEFA Youth League, along with the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations, in a single leg knockout tournament.

İstanbul Başakşehir, Krasnodar, Midtjylland and Rennes made their debut appearances in the group stage. With İstanbul Başakşehir's appearance in the group stage, Istanbul became the first city that has been represented in the group stage by four different teams (had been previously represented by Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray). This season became the first in the history of the Champions League in which three Russian clubs will play in the group stage.[56]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAY ATM SAL LMO
1   Bayern Munich 6 5 1 0 18 5 +13 16 Advance to knockout phase 4–0 3–1 2–0
2   Atlético Madrid 6 2 3 1 7 8 −1 9 1–1 3–2 0–0
3   Red Bull Salzburg 6 1 1 4 10 17 −7 4 Transfer to Europa League 2–6 0–2 2–2
4   Lokomotiv Moscow 6 0 3 3 5 10 −5 3 1–2 1–1 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RMA MGB SHK INT
1   Real Madrid 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2 10 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 2–3 3–2
2   Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 2 2 2 16 9 +7 8[a] 2–2 4–0 2–3
3   Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2 2 2 5 12 −7 8[a] Transfer to Europa League 2–0 0–6 0–0
4   Inter Milan 6 1 3 2 7 9 −2 6 0–2 2–2 0–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head points: Borussia Mönchengladbach 6, Shakhtar Donetsk 0.

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MCI POR OLY MAR
1   Manchester City 6 5 1 0 13 1 +12 16 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 3–0 3–0
2   Porto 6 4 1 1 10 3 +7 13 0–0 2–0 3–0
3   Olympiacos 6 1 0 5 2 10 −8 3[a] Transfer to Europa League 0–1 0–2 1–0
4   Marseille 6 1 0 5 2 13 −11 3[a] 0–3 0–2 2–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head away goals: Olympiacos 1, Marseille 0.

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LIV ATA AJX MID
1   Liverpool 6 4 1 1 10 3 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase 0–2 1–0 2–0
2   Atalanta 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 11 0–5 2–2 1–1
3   Ajax 6 2 1 3 7 7 0 7 Transfer to Europa League 0–1 0–1 3–1
4   Midtjylland 6 0 2 4 4 13 −9 2 1–1 0–4 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHE SEV KRA REN
1   Chelsea 6 4 2 0 14 2 +12 14 Advance to knockout phase 0–0 1–1 3–0
2   Sevilla 6 4 1 1 9 8 +1 13 0–4 3–2 1–0
3   Krasnodar 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5 Transfer to Europa League 0–4 1–2 1–0
4   Rennes 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8 1 1–2 1–3 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DOR LAZ BRU ZEN
1   Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 3–0 2–0
2   Lazio 6 2 4 0 11 7 +4 10 3–1 2–2 3–1
3   Club Brugge 6 2 2 2 8 10 −2 8 Transfer to Europa League 0–3 1–1 3–0
4   Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1 1–2 1–1 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JUV BAR DKV FER
1   Juventus 6 5 0 1 14 4 +10 15[a] Advance to knockout phase 0–2 3–0 2–1
2   Barcelona 6 5 0 1 16 5 +11 15[a] 0–3 2–1 5–1
3   Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 1 4 4 13 −9 4 Transfer to Europa League 0–2 0–4 1–0
4   Ferencváros 6 0 1 5 5 17 −12 1 1–4 0–3 2–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head goal difference: Juventus +1, Barcelona –1.

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAR RBL MUN IBFK
1   Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 0 2 13 6 +7 12[a] Advance to knockout phase 1–0 1–2 5–1
2   RB Leipzig 6 4 0 2 11 12 −1 12[a] 2–1 3–2 2–0
3   Manchester United 6 3 0 3 15 10 +5 9 Transfer to Europa League 1–3 5–0 4–1
4   İstanbul Başakşehir 6 1 0 5 7 18 −11 3 0–2 3–4 2–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head away goals: Paris Saint-Germain 1, RB Leipzig 0.

Knockout phaseEdit

In the knockout phase, teams played against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners are seeded, and the eight group runners-up are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other. As the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals are held together before the quarter-finals are played, the identity of the quarter-final winners is not known at the time of the semi-final draw. A draw is also held to determine which semi-final winner is designated as the "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes as it is played at a neutral venue).

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final (29 May – Porto)
                                         
   Lazio 1 1 2  
   Bayern Munich 4 2 6  
     Bayern Munich 2 1 3  
     Paris Saint-Germain (a) 3 0 3  
   Barcelona 1 1 2
   Paris Saint-Germain 4 1 5  
     Paris Saint-Germain 1 0 1  
     Manchester City 2 2 4  
   Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 0 0  
   Manchester City 2 2 4  
     Manchester City 2 2 4
     Borussia Dortmund 1 1 2  
   Sevilla 2 2 4
   Borussia Dortmund 3 2 5  
     Manchester City 0
     Chelsea 1
   Atalanta 0 1 1  
   Real Madrid 1 3 4  
     Real Madrid 3 0 3
     Liverpool 1 0 1  
   RB Leipzig 0 0 0
   Liverpool 2 2 4  
     Real Madrid 1 0 1
     Chelsea 1 2 3  
   Porto (aet) 2 2 4  
   Juventus 1 3 4  
     Porto 0 1 1
     Chelsea 2 0 2  
   Atlético Madrid 0 0 0
   Chelsea 1 2 3  

Round of 16Edit

The first legs were played on 16, 17, 23 and 24 February, and the second legs were played on 9, 10, 16 and 17 March 2021.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Borussia Mönchengladbach   0–4   Manchester City 0–2 0–2
Lazio   2–6   Bayern Munich 1–4 1–2
Atlético Madrid   0–3   Chelsea 0–1 0–2
RB Leipzig   0–4   Liverpool 0–2 0–2
Porto   4–4 (a)   Juventus 2–1 2–3 (aet)
Barcelona   2–5   Paris Saint-Germain 1–4 1–1
Sevilla   4–5   Borussia Dortmund 2–3 2–2
Atalanta   1–4   Real Madrid 0–1 1–3

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 19 March 2021, 12:00 CET.[57] The first legs were played on 6 and 7 April, and the second legs were played on 13 and 14 April 2021.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Manchester City   4–2   Borussia Dortmund 2–1 2–1
Porto   1–2   Chelsea 0–2 1–0
Bayern Munich   3–3 (a)   Paris Saint-Germain 2–3 1–0
Real Madrid   3–1   Liverpool 3–1 0–0

Semi-finalsEdit

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 19 March 2021, 12:00 CET, after the quarter-final draw.[57] The first legs were played on 27 and 28 April, and the second legs were played on 4 and 5 May 2021.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Paris Saint-Germain   1–4   Manchester City 1–2 0–2
Real Madrid   1–3   Chelsea 1–1 0–2

FinalEdit

The final will be played on 29 May 2021 at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto. A draw was held on 19 March 2021, after the quarter-final and semi-final draws, to determine the "home" team for administrative purposes.[57]

Manchester City  0–1  Chelsea
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StatisticsEdit

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank[59] Player Team Goals Minutes played
1   Erling Haaland   Borussia Dortmund 10 705
2   Kylian Mbappé   Paris Saint-Germain 8 900
3   Olivier Giroud   Chelsea 6 257
  Youssef En-Nesyri   Sevilla 386
  Marcus Rashford   Manchester United 416
  Álvaro Morata   Juventus 597
  Neymar   Paris Saint-Germain 746
  Mohamed Salah   Liverpool 781
  Karim Benzema   Real Madrid 842
10   Ciro Immobile   Lazio 5 417
  Robert Lewandowski   Bayern Munich 514
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona 540
  Alassane Pléa   Borussia Mönchengladbach
  Sérgio Oliveira   Porto 740

Top assistsEdit

Rank[60] Player Team Assists Minutes played
1   Juan Cuadrado   Juventus 6 551
2   Joshua Kimmich   Bayern Munich 4 617
  Kevin De Bruyne   Manchester City 669
  Ángel Di María   Paris Saint-Germain 697
5   Jadon Sancho   Borussia Dortmund 3 386
  Alassane Pléa   Borussia Mönchengladbach 540
  Dušan Tadić   Ajax
  Kingsley Coman   Bayern Munich 549
  Angeliño   RB Leipzig 627
  Thomas Müller   Bayern Munich 632
  Neymar   Paris Saint-Germain 746
  Kai Havertz   Chelsea 788
  Kylian Mbappé   Paris Saint-Germain 900
  Luka Modrić   Real Madrid 911
  Phil Foden   Manchester City 1066

Squad of the seasonEdit

The UEFA technical study group selected the following 23 players as the squad of the tournament.[61]

Pos. Player Team
GK   Thibaut Courtois   Real Madrid
  Ederson   Manchester City
  Édouard Mendy   Chelsea
DF   César Azpilicueta   Chelsea
  Rúben Dias   Manchester City
  Marquinhos   Paris Saint-Germain
  Antonio Rüdiger   Chelsea
  Ben Chilwell   Chelsea
  David Alaba   Bayern Munich
MF   Jorginho   Chelsea
  Mason Mount   Chelsea
  N'Golo Kanté   Chelsea
  Kevin De Bruyne   Manchester City
  İlkay Gündoğan   Manchester City
  Luka Modrić   Real Madrid
  Sérgio Oliveira   Porto
  Phil Foden   Manchester City
FW   Erling Haaland   Borussia Dortmund
  Kylian Mbappé   Paris Saint-Germain
  Robert Lewandowski   Bayern Munich
  Karim Benzema   Real Madrid
  Neymar   Paris Saint-Germain
  Lionel Messi   Barcelona

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NotesEdit

  1. The Drita v Linfield match, originally scheduled to be played on 11 August 2020, could not be played due to two players from Drita testing positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and the whole team being put into quarantine by the Swiss authorities.[42][43] Linfield were subsequently awarded a technical 3–0 victory by UEFA according to the regulations related to COVID-19.[44][45]
  2. The KÍ v Slovan Bratislava match, originally scheduled to be played on 19 August 2020, was postponed to 21 August 2020 due to one staff member from Slovan Bratislava testing positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and the whole team being put into quarantine by the Faroese authorities.[46] On 21 August, the match could not be played due to one player from Slovan Bratislava testing positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and the whole second team being put into quarantine by the Faroese authorities.[47][48] KÍ were subsequently awarded a technical 3–0 victory by UEFA according to the regulations related to COVID-19.[49][50]

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