Lewandowski Named UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year

Lewandowski Named UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year

Jurgen Klopp's men have been handed a tricky test from the teams in Pot 3 as they've been drawn against free-scoring Italian side Atalanta while Danish minnows FC Midtjylland make up the group from Pot 4.

EFA announced on Thursday night that, following the successful trial of allowing some supporters to attend the Super Cup in Budapest last month, they will ease restrictions on fans being admitted to matches under the UEFA banner.

Ajax enjoyed a thrilling run to the semi-finals of the competition two seasons ago, while Atalanta managed to reach the last four in 2019-20 only to suffer a dramatic defeat at the hands of eventual finalists Paris Saint-Germain.

Completing the group is Istanbul Basaksehir, who are appearing in the tournament proper for the first time.

GROUP C- Two-time European champion FC Porto, which last won the title in 2004, was the third team to be picked from pot 1.

The reigning champions Bayern Munich were the first team out of the pot, being drawn into Group A with Atletico Madrid, Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will come up against Europa League champions Sevilla, Russian outfit Krasnodar and Ligue 1's Stade Rennes, from whom the Blues bought their new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

However, no team from the same country can play each other in the group stage.

The draw will take place behind closed doors in Geneva, Switzerland, with clubs able to follow along online. The final will take place on Saturday 29 May 2021 at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

Former Chelsea forward and Champions League victor with the club in 2012 Didier Drogba became the first African and non-European player to win the UEFA President's Award.

"This UEFA decision could help facilitate the return of Ireland fans in significant numbers for upcoming home fixtures involving the senior men, senior women and Under-21 men's teams".

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