The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage draw has been made in Geneva, with the pick of the matches including Bayern vs Atlético Madrid, Paris vs Manchester United and a Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi encounter between Juventus and Barcelona.
2020/21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Group A: Bayern, Atlético Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moskva. Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale, Mönchengladbach. Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Marseille. Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland. Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes. Group F: Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge. Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencváros. Group H: Paris, Manchester United, Leipzig, İstanbul Başakşehir.
Road to Istanbul
Group stage Matchday 1: 20/21 October Matchday 2: 27/28 October Matchday 3: 03/04 November Matchday 4: 24/25 November Matchday 5: 01/02 December Matchday 6: 08/09 December
Round of 16 Draw: 14 December First legs: 16/17 & 23/24 February Second legs: 9/10 & 16/17 March
Quarter-finals Draw: 19 March First legs: 6/7 April Second legs: 13/14 April
Semi-finals Draw: 19 March First legs: 27/28 April Second legs: 4/5 May
Final Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul: 29th May, 2021.
Arsenal football club ended last season on a very high note by winning a major trophy, and they did this by getting past fantastic teams like Manchester City and Chelsea.
They have equally started this season from where they left last season by winning the first competition of the season, the community shield by defeating the almighty Liverpool on penalties.
There’s no telling to what this very Arsenal team could achieve this season with Mikel Arteta as the coach and making the right changes and improvements on the present squad.
Arsenal is yet to make any mercurial signing in this current transfer window, and even though the transfer window deadline day is still a little far, the league will start this weekend and it will be pertinent if they can do these things below before the end of this summer transfer window.
Sign Thomas Partey
If you take a critical look at the Arsenal squad, there is no clear cut world class defensive midfielder, and yet they can challenge the the best teams. What will then happen when they sign one?
I don’t think there is a team they will not be able to beat. Rumours of Arsenal trying to Sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid is widespread and if they eventually sign him, Arsenal defence line will be unbreakable.
2. Do Away With Mesut Ozil
Arsenal and the head coach Mikel Arteta should stop playing Ozil in the midfield because he seems to have passed his prime, but since he insist on staying and fighting for a place, he should be given an opportunity as a backup. But a new central and world class midfielder should be signed. If they can do this, there is no telling to what they can achieve this season. Ozil was a great play maker but we need to look at the future and not the past.
3. Retain Aubameyang
Arsenal need to do everything in their power to keep their captain and star player, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. He almost single handedly gave Arsenal 2 cups and with him in your squad and with a focused mind, he can get you any trophy you put before him. The only thing they should do is to offer him a lucrative contract extension and bring in a creative play maker in addition to Willian and Arsenal can be deadly. Not even Liverpool, Chelsea or the 2 Manchester clubs can stop them.
4. Sign Houssem Aouar
In addition to the above, Arsenal has been linked with with a move for the Lyon versatile midfielder, Houssem Aouar, indeed he is very versatile and can play anywhere in the midfield. His technical ability and calmness with the ball is top notch. If Arsenal can also sign him, they will have a near perfect team that can compete with any team on the planet earth.
So, if Arsenal can do these 4 things, the treble can be a dream come through for them. I’m talking about the champions league trophy, premier league and FA cup trophies here, it will be within distance to be only backed with luck and another invincible team has Come.
Should Arsenal put all the above into perspective, it will be very strong a team comes the 2020/2021 Season. And it will see the pairing of Willian, Aubameyang and Pepe in the Attack. While a possible alignment of Aouar, Xhaka and Partey in the Midfield. And the combination of Tierney, Gabriel, Saliba and Cedric Soares in the Defence. With Leno between the stick as first choice Goal Keeper.
To compliment the first team should be a strong youth team with some blend of experience, comprising of; Martines, Saka, David Luiz, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bellarin, Ozil, Ceballos, Lacazette, Nkettiah, Nelson, Martinelli.
All other players should be sold or loan out, to create opportunities for young Academy players, so as to continue with the tradition of building the future teams from the academy.
Bayern Munich have defeated Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the 2020 Champions League funal to become the new Champions of Europe.
Kingsley Coman’s lone header goal in the 59th minute saw Bayern Munich emerging the winners in Lisbon on Sunday night August 23, 2020.
The win is a perfect way to crown Bayern’s unstoppable form in the Champions League this season, dethroning Liverpool as Champions of Europe.
The road to the final
Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-final and moved to whip Lyon 3-0 in the Semi-final.
PSG also defeated German side, RB Leipzig 3-0 to progress to the final.
PSG had narrowly escaped defeat against Italian side, Atalanta in the quarter-final of the Champions League, securing a late 2-1 win.
PSG and Bayern Munich had prior to the final, met eight times in the past, with all the matches in the UEFA Champions League group stages. PSG won five of the previous games, with Bayern winning the remaining three.
Tonight’s final was the first ever European Cup/Champions League final for PSG. The French club became the 41st team to reach the UEFA Champions League final.
PSG becomes the seventh club losing in their first final in the UEFA Champions League. The last first-time winner was Borussia Dortmund in 1997 against Juventus.
For Bayern Munich, they had progressed to their 11th European Cup/ Champions League final prior to the Sunday night’s encounter. Bayern Munich previously won the Champions League five times and now have six titles to their credit and are behind Real Madrid (13), AC Milan (7) but equal with Liverpool (6).
Alphonso Boyle Davies (Was born November 2, 2000), he is a Canadian professional soccer player, who currently plays as a left-back or winger for Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich and the Canadian National team.
Add another milestone to Alphonso Davies’ resume in what’s been a remarkable season.
In helping Bayern Munich lift the Champions League trophy after a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Sunday’s final, Davies has become the first Canadian men’s international to win the competition.
It wasn’t accomplished without its challenges for both Davies and Bayern, but In the end, Bayern succeeded and finish the campaign with its second treble in club history, becoming one of just two European clubs to win multiple trebles.
He has also won two Bundesliga championships, a pair of German Cups and was named the German League rookie of the year.
The True Story of Alphonso Davies:
The journey began in Buduburam, a Ghanaian refugee camp, where Davies was born after his parents had fled the civil war in Liberia. Life was fraught with difficulties. The search for clean water, food, simply staying alive; every hour that passed a triumph of survival. There had to be a better way.
“It was hard to live because the only way you survive sometimes is you have to carry guns,” remembers Alphonso’s father, Debeah. “We didn’t have any interest in shooting guns. So, we decided to just escape from there. They have a program called resettlement, and they said ‘OK, you have to fill in a form for Canada.’ We went through the interview and everything, and made it, and came over here.”
The Davies family were able to immigrate to Canada when Alphonso was five, eventually settling in Edmonton, Alberta. Debeah and the family matriarch Victoria worked long hours to make ends meet.
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The men of Mikel Arteta have come out top at the expense of Pep Guardiola for the first time in few years and in the process broken the Manchester City record of 22 marches unbeaten in cups competition.
Arsenal under Arteta has shown great promise, though, it stand in the 9th position on the Premier League table at the moment without any hope of Champions League football next season, but the signs of the future is great.
Thrashing Manchester City 2 : 0 is not a small fit considering that it is one of the hope of Man City of winning major trophy this season. And now even though, Arsenal season is not as good as desired, but it still may hopefully ends well a silverware.
The outcome of Chelsea vs. Manchester United second Semi Final today will complete the match up for the Emirate Cup (FA Cup) Final to be decided in August.
The win coming immediately after Arsenal dusting the English Champion, Liverpool on Wednesday in similar passion, coming from behind to win the game 2 : 1 is a clear statement of intend on the part of Arsenal of what to expect next season.
The tactical superiority is fully responsible, as Mikel Arteta come with a game plan and in the end executed the game plan to perfection against Liverpool and Manchester City.
Concern over the future of players like Aubameyang, Lacazette leaving Arsenal for Champions League football elsewhere is likely to die off, as the team is obviously on the right direction. With transfer market ahead of us all Arteta needs are couple of option in attack and defence, especially the defensive midfield to support young promising players like; Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, Maitland-Niles and a world class holding and commanding playmaker to stand for Mesut Ozil who obviously has seen his better days in the Emirate to build a formidable team next season.