Champions League draw 2020/21: Live stream, TV channel, start time and who Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City can face in the group stages

Everything you need to know about how to watch the draw for the 2020/21 Champions League group stages - featuring Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City - live on BT Sport.

Published: 1 October 2020 - 12.51am

Thursday's Champions League group-stage draw on BT Sport ushers in the 2020/21 season in Europe's elite competition after a brief break following the dramatic conclusion to the previous campaign.

In a season disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the remaining knockout ties were played in a World Cup-style tournament in Lisbon throughout August. Bayern Munich emerged as the winners over Paris Saint-Germain in the final.

Now, less than two months after the showpiece at Estadio da Luz, the new group line-ups will be decided as English quartet Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea prepare to go at it once again for the biggest prize on the continent.

Here BTSport.com provides a handy Q&A on everything you need to know about the the 2020/21 Champions League group stage draw. 

When is the 2020/21 Champions League group stage draw?

The draw for the Champions League 2020/21 group stages will take place on Thursday 1 October at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Greek capital Athens was originally set as the venue for the draw but it has been moved in the interests of public health.

The draw will also be used as an opportunity for UEFA to crown the best players and coaches of the 2019/20 Champions League season.

Which teams are in the pot for the 2020/21 Champions League group stage?

Bayern Munich

Pot 2

Barcelona

Pot 3

RB Leipzig

Pot 4

Stade Rennes

Paris Saint-Germain

Pot 2

Atletico Madrid

Pot 3

Inter Milan

Pot 4

Istanbul Basaksehir

Sevilla

Pot 2

Manchester City

Pot 3

Lazio

Pot 4

Lokomotiv Moscow

Real Madrid

Pot 2

Manchester United

Pot 3

Dynamo Kiev

Pot 4

Marseille

Liverpool

Pot 2

Borussia Dortmund

Pot 3

RB Salzburg

Pot 4

Midtjylland

Juventus

Pot 2

Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 3

Olympiacos

Pot 4

Club Brugge

Zenit St Petersburg

Pot 2

Chelsea

Pot 3

Krasnodar

Pot 4

Borussia M'gladbach

Porto

Pot 2

Ajax

Pot 3

Atalanta

Pot 4

Ferencvaros

Pot 1

Pot 2

Pot 3

Pot 4

Bayern Munich

Barcelona

RB Leipzig

Stade Rennes

Paris Saint-Germain

Atletico Madrid

Inter Milan

Istanbul Basaksehir

Sevilla

Manchester City

Lazio

Lokomotiv Moscow

Real Madrid

Manchester United

Dynamo Kiev

Marseille

Liverpool

Borussia Dortmund

RB Salzburg

Midtjylland

Juventus

Shakhtar Donetsk

Olympiacos

Club Brugge

Zenit St Petersburg

Chelsea

Krasnodar

Borussia M'gladbach

Porto

Ajax

Atalanta

Ferencvaros

* Teams from the same nation cannot be drawn in the same group

Where can I watch the 2020/21 Champions League group stage draw?

BT Sport subscribers can watch a live stream of the draw from 3.45pm on Thursday 1 October on BT Sport 1 HD, BTSport.com (via this link) and the award-winning BT Sport app.

What has changed in the 2020/21 Champions League?

After last season’s competition was delayed, the 2020/21 tournament is taking place later than usual. The group stage gets underway on Tuesday 20 October, with the final scheduled for Saturday 29 May 2021 from the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul.

Unlike the Premier League, UEFA has retained the five substitutions rule that we saw across Europe towards the end of last season.

When are the draws taking place for the 2020/21 Champions League?

After the group stage draw on Thursday 1 October, the draw for the Round of 16 will take place on Monday 14 December, with the quarter-final and semi-final draw on Friday 19 March 2021.

What are the dates for the 2020/21 Champions League?

Group stage

Matchday 1: October 20 – October 21

Matchday 2: October 27 – October 28

Matchday 3: November 3 – November 4

Matchday 4: November 24 – November 25

Matchday 5: December 1 – December 2

Matchday 6: December 8 – December 9

Knockout stages

Round of 16: February 16 2021 – March 17 2021

Quarter-finals: April 6 2021 – April 14 2021

Semi-finals: April 27 2021 – May 5 2021

Final: May 29 2021