What we know about the 2020/21 Champions League

Tuesday 18 August 2020 16:00

Manchester United qualified for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage thanks to a final-day victory over Leicester City in July.

That 2-0 win over the Foxes meant the Reds finished third in the Premier League and are now one of four English sides who will play in next season's European Cup.

But who else has booked their spot? When will the group-stage draw take place? And when are the fixtures scheduled for?

Scroll down for all the answers…

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ESP (4): Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
ENG (4): Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
ITA (4): Juventus, Internazionale, Atalanta, Lazio
GER (4): Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Mönchengladbach
FRA (3): Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennes
RUS (2): Zenit St Petersburg, Lokomotiv Moskow
POR (1): Porto
BEL (1): Club Brugge
UKR (1): Shakhtar Donetsk
TUR (1): İstanbul Basaksehir
NED (1): Ajax


UEFA rules state if the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League winners qualify via their domestic league, then the champions of the 11th-ranked association (Netherlands) will enter the group stage. Ajax's place was therefore confirmed when Lyon exited to Bayern Munich in the semi-final on 19 August, as both finalists, Bayern and PSG, won their respective titles.

Similarly, if the 2019/20 Europa League winners qualify via their domestic league - which finalists Internazionale and Sevilla have done - then the third-placed team of the fifth-ranked association (France) will enter the group stage. As such, Rennes have now secured their participation.

The other six places in the group-stage will come from the Champions League third qualifying round.


The short answer is no! In years gone by, a third-placed Premier League finish would have meant a place in the final round of Champions League qualifying. But that is no longer the case and the top four from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga automatically make up half of the 32 sides in the group stage.

The first qualifying round took place on 8 August and this year features five different stages, the last of which will finish on 30 September.

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Once all 32 entrants have been confirmed, the draw for the group stage will take place in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday 1 October.

It's likely United will be in pot two, due to our coefficient ranking.

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The first round of group-stage matches is set for 20/21 October and the whole group stage will be wrapped up by 9 December. That means the Reds will be in midweek European action for six out of eight midweeks during October, November and December.

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