20/21 UEFA Champions League Draw; Winners And Losers

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20/21 UEFA Champions League Draw; Winners And Losers

The group stages of the UEFA Champions League were decided in Geneva Switzerland yesterday and the battle lines have been drawn to see what team emerges as Champions of Europe.
Thirty-two teams were involved in the draw for the Champions League which is set to kick-off on the 20th of October and they are a lot of intriguing match-ups fans can look forward to.
Here, we take a look at the winners and losers of the draw;
Winner – Chelsea
After a huge summer splurge of over £200 million (N98.4 billion), expectations are over the roof for ‘Super Frank’ to lead his team to a better Champions League campaign after last season’s 7-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of eventual winners, Bayern Munchen.
They have certainly been helped by their favourable group stage draw and can be reasonably expected to top their group.
Winner – Pep Guardiola
Pep has been given a very straightforward route to Champions League glory with Manchester City after being handed a good a fairly easy group stage draw.
FC Porto stands as City’s biggest threat to the top spot but The Cityzens are clear favourites to top group C and head to the knockout stages.
Loser – Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
The Norwegian boss already has a tough task to try and steer Manchester United to the top 4 of the English Premier League following a lack of spending in the transfer market and will not be looking forward to the Champion’s League group stages after being drawn in the proverbial ‘group of death’.
The United boss will, however, recall his shock 3-1 victory over French champions PSG two years ago and will be hoping to repeat the feat in the group stages.
Loser – Real Madrid
The Spanish champions have been handed a very tricky group stage draw after pairing with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk and dark horses Inter and Borussia Monchengladbach. Zidane’s mean only managed 3 victories out of their 8 Champions League matches last season and a similar record will be unacceptable for the 13-time champions.
Zidane certainly has a tough task on his hands as he tries to maintain his impeccable Champions League record.


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