Champions League 2020-21: All you
need to know
There is no bigger cup competition in
European club football than the UEFA Champions League. The 2020–21 Season is
the 66th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organized by UEFA.
Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic:
All qualifying matches were played
behind closed doors.
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
Five substitutions were be allowed
from 24th September 2020 instead of 3 & the number of players allowed on
the match sheet was increased to 23.
A total of 32 teams from fifteen
countries played in the group stage.
The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League
season saw four teams - Krasnodar, Midtjylland, Rennes, and Istanbul Basaksehir
- making their debuts in the group stage.
It also became the first season in
the history of the Champions League in which three Russian clubs played in the
Knock Out Stage:
16 teams qualified for the Knock Out
Stage. Last year's runner-up Paris Saint Germain (PSG) knocked out Barcelona in
the Round of 16 following up by eliminating the last year's Champions Bayern
Munich on Away Goals in the Quarters before losing the steam in the Semis
against Manchester City.
13-time European Champions, Real
Madrid eliminated Liverpool in the Quarters before losing to Chelsea in the
Semis thereby resulting in a third consecutive all-Premier League UEFA
Champions League Final.
Nobody has kept more clean sheets in
the Champions League this season than Chelsea's Goal Keeper Edouard Mendy. He
has kept a mind-boggling eight clean sheets in 11 games en-route to the final
in Europe's most elite tournament.
With 10 Goals in 8 matches, Borussia
Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland is the leading Goal Scorer in the 2020-21 UEFA
Juventus' Juan Cuadrado has the most assist (6) followed by Manchester
City's Kevin De Bruyne (4).
The 2020-21 Champions League final
will take place on Friday, May 29, 2021. Manchester City and Chelsea will
contest the 2021 Champions League final.
The final will take place at
Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium, which had been due to stage the 2020
decider. Saint Petersburg, the prospective 2021 host, will now stage the 2022
However, due to the recent COVID-19
outbreak in Turkey, UEFA is considering changing the venue.
After winning the Carabao Cup, an
assured Premier League Title & making their way to the Champions League
final, Manchester City, are on the verge of winning the treble. However, the
European Title has been elusive for Manchester City, with their best
performance coming in 2015 when they reached the Semi-Finals only to be beaten
by Real Madrid, who went on to win the tournament that year.
However, with the defensive
solidarity added to their attacking brilliance, this year they look like a
different team. After winning Group C, they posted home and away wins in all
their knockout matches against Gladbach, Dortmund & Paris Saint Germain.
This will be the third UEFA Champions
League final for Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola, and his first since
the two wins with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
The second finalist,
Chelsea have been beaten only twice since Thomas Tuchel took charge mid-season.
Tuchel is the first man to lead two different clubs to successive UEFA
Champions League finals. Last year, he lead Paris Saint Germain (PSG) to the
finals where they lost to Bayern Munich.
Chelsea's campaign in Champions
League 2020-21 has been flawless and they have been growing in confidence with
every victory. After beating the stubborn Atlético Madrid convincingly in the
round of 16, they saw off FC Porto in the Quarters before overcoming 13-time champions
Real Madrid in the semis.
Should they win the Finals, it will be their second Champions League
title, having last won in 2012.
Interestingly, Tuchel's Chelsea has already beaten Manchester City twice
in recent weeks – the FA Cup semi and the Premier League encounter in
Who do you think will go on to win the UEFA Champions League 2020-21.
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