Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will face every difference for the primary time in additional than two years after their groups, Barcelona and Juventus, have been drawn in combination on Thursday within the Champions League team degree.

Defending champions Bayern Munich face a probably bruising two fits in opposition to Atletico Madrid whilst the draw additionally produced a number of different heavyweight clashes together with Paris St Germain v Manchester United and Real Madrid v Inter Milan.

Premier League champions Liverpool will have to face Ajax Amsterdam and free-scoring Serie A facet, Atalanta.

The draw, normally held at a lavish rite in a seashore convention corridor in Monaco, this time happened in a Geneva tv studio because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The past-due begin to the season — a knock-on impact of the ultimate season being interrupted by means of the pandemic — signifies that the six matchdays can be performed between Oct. 19 and Dec.9, a month not up to the same old.

Shortly after the rite, UEFA introduced that spectators can be allowed to observe fits, up to the most of 30% of stadium capability, if the native government permit.

Barcelona and Juventus, who met within 2015 ultimate, have been paired in Group G together with Dynamo Kyiv and Hungarian aspect Ferencvaros, who’s again within the team degree after a 25-year absence.

Ronaldo, 35, and Messi, 33, the 2 best scorers in Champions League historical past with 130 and 115 objectives respectively, have no longer clashed because the Portuguese left Real Madrid to enroll in Juventus at the finish of the 2017-18 season.

The pair have simplest met 5 instances within the Champions League, maximum just lately in 2011 when Barcelona beat Real 3-1 on combination within the semi-finals.

“It will be a huge clash with Barcelona and a fascinating encounter because it allows the two best players in the world – Ronaldo, and Messi – to face off against each other,” stated Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved.

It may also be a tricky get started for Juventus trainer Andrea Pirlo, passed the reins in August in spite of having no earlier training revel in.

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