Following the group stage draw on Thursday, we take a look at the most difficult Champions League groups this 2020/21 season.
Bayern have only been champions for just 39 days and as it seems,other clubs are already set to dethrone the German club.
The club’s have been drawn into groups and on 20 October, the 2020/21 Champions League campaign kicks off.
As usual, there were some live performances and interviews before the occasion.
The most amazing performance was from a Latvian based canine dance troop, which was followed by an interview with Didier Drogba.
This year’s Champions League group stage draw has already got a lot of fans talking.
A lot of European big teams have been drawn against each other, with the most notable fixture in Group G, where Ronaldo is set to meet Messi once again.
This year’s Champions League would be a very interesting one, with several teams already wanting to lay their hands on the title.
And yes of course, the group stage draw has been nicer to some teams that it has to others.
So without further ado, let’s look at the rankings of the most difficult Champions League groups of this 2020/21 season.
We are going to analyze how difficult it would be for each team to reach the knockout stages from these difficult groups.
8. Group E (Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes)
Frank Lampard will be wearing a smile as wide as the River Niger after finding out where he was drawn.
He should be confident enough to emerge from Group E.
But to top the table, they’ll have to beatlast year’s Europa League winners Sevilla.
Lampard will be looking to finish on top of this groups in order to avoid meeting a top dog in the knockout stages.
Their poor performance in last year’s group stages saw them disgraced at the hands of Bayern in the knockout stages last term.
Rennes and Krasnodar shouldn’t be much of a problem, or could they?
7. Group F (Zenit Saint Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge)
Tough group to call this one, with no real superstars but four teams who can all hold their own.
Borussia Dortmund will fancy their chances of emerging easily from this group.
Having emerged from a tougher group that included Inter and Barcelona last year.
Serie A side, Lazio, should be able to finish above a Zenit Saint Petersburg side who finished rock bottom of their group last term.
Club Brugge on the other hand will be looking to improve on their poor outing last term.
Where they failed to pick up a single win from their six group matches last season.
6. Group G (Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros)
This group has ‘JUVENTUS AND BARCELONA WILL QUALIFY’ painted all over it.
The real battle here will be for the top spot because qualification shouldn’t be a big task for the two big guns.
Both Juventus and Barelona should emerge from Group G without issues, but finishing first will be a struggle with two giants of European football going head to head.
Dynamo Kyiv and Hungarian side Ferencvaros should just turn their attention to battling it out for a spot in the Europa League.
Oh, and lest I forget, it’s Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo again. You’re loving it already, aren’t you?
5. Group C (Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Marseille)
This draw would have been a lot harder if the stadiums were packed full of supporters.
Had the draw been made last season, City’s trips to Olympiacos and Marseille would have been very intimidating.
However, with no crowds in the stadiums you feel the two ‘lesser sides’ in Group C may have lost a huge edge.
Pep Guardiola’s side will fancy their chances of topping the group, although none of their opponents will be pushovers.
4. Group B (Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Borussia Monchengladbach)
Naturally, the Spanish champions are favorites to rule this group. But I assure you, this is a very tricky group.
Shakhtar Donetsk showed in last season’s Europa League they’ve got the firepower to cause anyone problems.
While Inter finished just a point behind Juventus in Serie A and have made some smart moves in the transfer window.
Borussia Monchengladbach will be intent on not just making up the numbers and Real could have a fight on their hands if they’re to top Group B.
3. Group A (Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow)
Last season’s champions haven’t been handed an easy draw in any way.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid have shown with their game against Liverpool last season that they can beat any team.
Lokomotiv Moscow will be cursing their luck having for facing Atlético for the second season running.
Only this time they’ve got Bayern to fight with instead of Juventus, Yikes.
It’s a close group in which you’d fancy all four sides to pick up wins, but Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid should have enough to progress.
2. Group D (Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland)
If Jürgen Klopp was still smiling when Ajax and Atalanta were drawn as Liverpool’s opponents in Group D then he needs to go for a check-up.
Danish side Midtjylland shouldn’t cause the 2019 champions too much trouble.
However, Ajax and Atalanta especially, are serious problems.
The Eredivisie champions and the free-scoring Italian side could make for an entertaining Group D and Liverpool will be relieved if they can finish top.
1. Group H (Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would sleep with both eyes open tonight after learning about his date in the Champions League.
As a team in the second pot, it was only natural for United to come up against any of Europe’s big teams.
But unfortunately, they’ve been drawn against a ruthless RB Leibzig team as well as a butchering PSG side who narrowly lost the title last season.
Istanbul Basaksehir are not small kids either, having finished top of the Turkish Süper Lig last season, and topping a Europa League group containing Roma and Borussia Monchengladbach.
If you were to offer Solskjaer second place in Group H right now he’d accept it with a lot of gratitude (though he may never admit it).
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