The season is over! It's time to focus on 2020/21, which, due to COVID-19, has unusual dates. Qualified for the Champions League, Benfica goes into the 3rd qualifying round as a seeded team. Know the path and possible opponents to the group stage of the Champions League.
Usually, in September, the Champions League group stage is already underway, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a new calendar. So, in September the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League will be played, on September 15 and 16, in a single, whose stadium is defined in the draw, and the play-off, on September 22 and 30, will be played in two legs.
3rd QUALIFYING ROUND
|2 possible opponents already defined||2 possible opponents yet to be defined*|
|Krasnodar (Russia) and Rennes (France)||Viktoria Plzen (The Czech Republic), Rapid Vienna (Austria), PAOK (Greece), AZ Alkmaar (The Netherlands) and Lokomotiva Zagreb (Croatia)|
* Still have to play the 2nd qualifying round
The qualifying round are divided into the Champions Path and the League Path, the group where Benfica is inserted. In the 3rd qualifying round, as a seeded team, Benfica already knows it will not lock horns with Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine ) and Gent (Belgium), nor Besiktas, is case the Turks overcome the 2nd qualifying round.
August 31: 3rd qualifying round draw
September 1: play-off draw
September 15 and 16: matches of the 3rd qualifying round
September 22 and 30: play-off matches
October 1: group stage draw
October 20 and 21: matchday 1 of the group stage
It should be mentioned that, reaching the group stage, Benfica will be inserted in pot 3 where FC Porto, Leipzig and Lazio are already present.
Text: Marco Rebelo
Photos: UEFA and Archive / SL Benfica