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Champions League draw details – date, time and how to watch

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Manchester City and Manchester United find themselves in the same pot for the Champions League group stage draw this season.

Only one five weeks on from Bayern Munich’s Champions League triumph, the draw for the 2020/21 group stages will take place on Thursday, October 1.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are all guaranteed a spot amongst the eight groups after finishing in the Premier League top four last season.

Whilst the competition won’t begin until the end of next month, October 1 signals the start of European dreams for each English club.

Here are those all-important details on the Champions League group stage draw.

When is the Champions League draw?

The draw for the group stages will be on Thursday, October 1 at 4pm UK time.

Where will it be held?

The draw will be made at the RTS studios in Geneva, Switzerland.

Where can I watch the Champions League draw?

The draw will be streamed live via Uefa’s official website.

BT Sport also have live coverage through BT Sport 1, btsport.com and the BT Sport app, with their coverage beginning from 3:45pm.

How will the Champions League draw work?

The teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations.

Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.

No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.

When will the group stage matches be played?

Matchday 1: 20/21 October

Matchday 2: 27/28 October

Matchday 3: 3/4 November

Matchday 4: 24/25 November

Matchday 5: 1/2 December

Matchday 6: 8/9 December

Who has the best record in the Champions League?

Manchester United have won the biggest prize in European club football three times – more than any other British club bar Liverpool.

Sir Alex Ferguson brought the Champions League back to Old Trafford in 1999 and 2008 to follow in the footsteps of Sir Matt Busby’s European Cup triumph of 1968.

Manchester City are still to claim the trophy for themselves but reached the semi-finals in 2016 under Manuel Pellegrini, only to lose out to eventual winners Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are the all-time record holders in the competition across both the European Cup and Champions League eras with 13 titles, followed by seven-time winners AC Milan and Bayern Munich and Liverpool who boast five wins each.

Guardiola has won the Champions League on three occasions with Barcelona, once as a player under Johan Cruyff and twice as a manager prior to leaving to take over at Bayern before his switch to City.

He beat Manchester United in both of his victories from the dugout in 2009 and 2011, respectively, but has not progressed beyond the semi-finals of the competition since his triumph at Wembley Stadium, which will mark a decade without European glory this season if he is unable to take City all the way in 2021.

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