How many kilometers will the clubs travel in the Group Stage of the Champions League?

The 2020/21 Champions League is here. The maximum continental competition will start a new sporting season with the great European teams fighting to be crowned champions at the end of the season.

The Group Phase begins, which will kick off 32 teams that must face each other to try, first, to go to the Final Phase, and, second, to achieve great economic benefits that will provide fresh air to some coffers that have been damaged this year due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

Sports results, economic gains, but will everything be solved with the purely results? In the first place, yes, but secondary aspects in the media that nobody talks about, but which turn out to be of vital relevance when it comes to the performance of the clubs, must also be taken into account. For example, club trips.

Is traveling to London the same as to Krasnodar? Does a 300-kilometer trip cause the same wear and tear as a 3,000-kilometer trip? Obviously not. For this reason, the Group Stage of the Champions League is detailed below, taking into account the displacements of the clubs. A factor far removed from the debates, but that affects to some extent the performance of the teams.

How many kilometers will the teams travel?

  1. Krasnodar: 19.672 km.
  2. Lokomotiv de Moscú: 14,580 km.
  3. Olympiacos: 14,114 km.
  4. Sevilla: 13.386 km.
  5. Istanbul Basaksehir: 13.332 km.
  6. Atlético de Madrid: 12,956 km.
  7. Shakhtar Donetsk: 12.406 km.
  8. Zenit St. Petersburg: 11.948 km.
  9. Bruges: 11,070 km.
  10. Real Madrid: 10.934 km.
  11. Port: 10,808 km.
  12. Manchester City: 10.674 km.
  13. Dynamo of Kiev: 10,148 km.
  14. Ferencvaros: 9.548 km.
  15. Lazio: 9,458 km.
  16. Rennes: 9,452 km.
  17. Barcelona: 8.980 km.
  18. Manchester United: 8.656 km.
  19. Olympic Marsella: 8,180 km.
  20. Inter Milan: 8,032 km.
  21. Borussia Mönchengladbach: 7,544 km
  22. Paris Saint Germain: 7,246 km.
  23. Salzburg: 7,132 km.
  24. Bayern Munich: 7,116 km.
  25. RB Leipzig: 6.978 km.
  26. Juventus: 6,628 km.
  27. Atalanta: 6,452 km.
  28. Borussia Dortmund: 6,252 km.
  29. Liverpool: 5.208 km.
  30. Chelsea: 4,981 km
  31. Central Jutland: 4,950 km
  32. Ajax: 3,706 km.

What will be the 5 longest journeys?

  1. Sevilla-Krasnodar; Krasnodar-Sevilla: 3.805 km. En total: 7.610 km.
  2. Moscow-Madrid; Madrid-Moscow: 3,436 km. In total: 6872 km.
  3. Rennes-Krasnodar; Krasnodar-Rennes: 3.089 km. En total: 6.178 km.
  4. Madrid-Kiev; Kiev-Madrid: 2.853 km. En total: 5.706 km.
  5. Porto-Piraeus; Piraeus-Porto: 2,779 km. In total: 5,558 km.

* The total reflects the round trips of each team. The first leg to play the game, the return to return to the point of origin. Not the two clashes, since, for example, in Sevilla-Krasnodar, the Sevillian team does not travel to go to Russia. And the other way around, when the match is played on Russian soil. Only Sevilla travels there.

The matches between Sevilla and Krasnodar will be the longest trip of this Group Phase, since in both games the teams will have to travel 3,805 kilometers to face each other, to which must be added the trip back to their origin, adding a total of 7,610 kilometers.

Three of the 5 longest routes will have Spanish teams as protagonists.

What will be the 5 shortest routes?

  1. Salzburg-Munich; Munich-Salzburg: 114 km. In total: 228.
  2. Bruges-Dortmund; Dortmund-Bruges: 297 km. In total: 594.
  3. London-Rennes; Rennes-London: 394 km. In total: 788.
  4. Herning-Amsterdam; Amsterdam-Herning: 494 km. In total: 988.
  5. Amsterdam-Liverpool; Liverpool-Amsterdam: 540 km. En total: 1080.

* The total reflects the round trips of each team. The first leg to play the game, the return to return to the point of origin. Not the two confrontations, since, for example, in Ajax-Liverpool, the Dutch team does not travel to go to England. And vice versa, when the match is played on English soil. Only Ajax moves there.

The matches between Salzburg and Bayern Munich will mean the shortest trips of the entire Group Stage. If not because they are established within the context of the European Cup, they could even be classified as ‘national’ routes, since both teams will have to travel only 114 kilometers, plus the consequent trip back to their respective cities, making a total of 228 kilometres.

The difference between the longest route (Seville-Krasnodar, or vice versa) and the shortest (Salzburg-Munich, or vice versa) will be no more and no less than 7,382 kilometers.

The 5 teams that will make the most kilometers (round trips).

  1. Krasnodar: 19.672 km.
  2. Lokomotiv de Moscú: 14,580 km.
  3. Olympiacos: 14,114 km.
  4. Istanbul: 13,332 km.
  5. Atlético de Madrid: 12,956 km.

Russia, for geographical reasons, locates the two clubs that will have to travel the most kilometers, with Krasnodar as the great ‘loser’ with a great difference compared to the rest. In fifth place, Atlético de Madrid appears. The rojiblanco team will be one of the clubs that will have to take into account the aspect of possible fatigue.

The 5 teams that will make the fewest kilometers (round trips)

  1. Ajax: 3,706 km.
  2. Central Jutland: 4,950 km.
  3. Chelsea: 4,981 km
  4. Liverpool: 5.208 km.
  5. Borussia Dortmund: 6,252 km.

Juventus is the team most ‘benefited’ by the territorial aspect compared to their rivals, since they will be the ones that will have to travel the least kilometers to play their matches.

As a note that includes the two previous sections. Krasnodar (team with more kilometers to go) will do 15,966 km more than Ajax Amsterdam (team with fewer kilometers to go).

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How many kilometers should Spanish teams do?

  1. Seville: 13,386 km to travel to London, Rennes and Krasnodar.
  2. Atlético de Madrid: 12,956 km to travel to Munich, Moscow and Salzburg.
  3. Real Madrid: 10,934 km to travel to Kiev, Milan and Mönchengladbach.
  4. Barcelona: 8,980 km to travel to Budapest, Turin and Kiev.

Sevilla will do 4,406 km more than Barcelona.

Real Madrid will do 1,954 km more than Barcelona.

Team favoritism is based on standardized contexts, but how can travel affect your performance? Above all, because the trips include round trips.

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We break down, group by group, the distances and routes that the 32 participants must take:

  • Salzburg-Moscow; Moscow-Salzburg: 1,894 km.
  • Munich-Madrid; Madrid-Munich: 1,484 km.
  • Moscow-Munich; Munich-Moscow: 1,960 km.
  • Madrid-Salzburg; Salzburg-Madrid: 1,558 km.
  • Moscow-Madrid; Madrid-Moscow: 3,436 km.
  • Salzburg-Munich; Munich-Salzburg: 114 km.

Due to its geographical location, Lokomotiv Moscow will be the team that will have to travel the most kilometers to play their respective matches. However, Atlético de Madrid is not too far behind. One aspect, the physical, which can be very important in the supposed battle between Bayern Munich and Atlético for the first place in the group. The Bavarian complex will travel almost 6,000 kilometers less.

  1. Lokomotiv de Moscú: 14,580 km.
  2. Atlético de Madrid: 12,956 km.
  3. Salzburg: 7,132 km.
  4. Bayern Munich: 7,116 km.
  • Madrid-Kiev; Kiev-Madrid: 2.853 km.
  • Milan-Mönchengladbach; Mönchengladbach-Milan: 666 km.
  • Kiev-Milan; Milan-Kiev: 1,670 km.
  • Mönchengladbach-Madrid; Madrid-Mönchengladbach: 1,426 km.
  • Kiev-Mönchengladbach; Mönchengladbach-Kiev: 1,680 km.
  • Madrid-Milan; Milan-Madrid: 1,188 km.

Real Madrid will also be affected by the routes. Zidane’s team will be the second team to travel the most kilometers in Group B.

  1. Shakhtar Donetsk: 12.406 km.
  2. Real Madrid: 10.934 km.
  3. Inter Milan: 8,032 km.
  4. Borussia Mönchengladbach: 7,544 km.
  • Manchester-Oporto; Oporto-Manchester: 1.450 km.
  • Piraeus-Marseille; Marseille-Piraeus: 1,653 km.
  • Porto-Piraeus; Piraeus-Porto: 2,779 km.
  • Marsella-Manchester; Manchester-Marsella: 1.262 km.
  • Manchester-Piraeus; Piraeus-Manchester: 2,625 km.
  • Porto-Marseille; Marseille-Porto: 1,175 km.

Manchester City starts as a favorite for the first place in Group C, and at the level of kilometers traveled it will be the third that will have to cover the most. Due to its geographical location, Olympiacos will be the team most ‘harmed’ for its physical preparation, since it will have to travel just over 14,000 kilometers in its 3 home trips.

  1. Olympiacos: 14,114 km.
  2. Port: 10,808 km.
  3. Manchester City: 10.674 km.
  4. Olympic Marsella: 8,180 km.

  • Amsterdam-Liverpool; Liverpool-Amsterdam: 540 km.
  • Herning-Bergamo; Bérgamo-Herning: 1,162 km.
  • Liverpool-Herning; Herning-Liverpool: 819 km.
  • Bergamo-Amsterdam; Amsterdam-Bergamo: 819 km.
  • Herning-Amsterdam; Amsterdam-Herning: 494 km.
  • Bergamo-Liverpool; Liverpool-Bergamo: 1,245 km.

Group D is undoubtedly the most even in terms of displacement, both in total kilometers traveled and in the difference between the one with the most and the one with the least. The geographical location of its participants creates smaller distances with respect to its rivals. A fact that can be decisive from the Group Phase. A lower load of fatigue at the travel level can be important for the Final Phase of the championship. In this group, Atalanta will be the club that will have to travel the most kilometers, while, for its part, Ajax will be the one that will have the least.

  1. Atalanta: 6,452 km.
  2. Liverpool: 5.208 km.
  3. Central Jutland: 4,950 km.
  4. Ajax: 3,706 km.
  • Chelsea-Sevilla; Sevilla-Chelsea: 1.645 km.
  • Rennes-Krasnodar; Krasnodar-Rennes: 3.089 km.
  • Krasnodar-Londres; Londres-Krasnodar: 2.942 km.
  • Sevilla-Rennes; Rennes-Sevilla: 1.243 km.
  • Sevilla-Krasnodar; Krasnodar-Sevilla: 3.805 km.
  • London-Rennes; Rennes-London: 394 km.

Group E locates two of the teams that will travel the most kilometers in this Group Phase. With a notable difference from their rivals, Krasnodar will be the team that will have to travel the most. In fact, it is the team that leads the global ranking of the Group Stage. Although there is a great difference of thousands of kilometers, Sevilla will also have to travel a huge distance to play their respective matches. A priori, those of Lopetegui start with the aim of aspiring to the first place against Chelsea, but the difference between Sevillians and Londoners at the level of travel will be more than 8,000 kilometers.

  1. Krasnodar: 19.672 km.
  2. Sevilla: 13.386 km.
  3. Chelsea: 4,981 km
  4. Rennes: 9,452 km.
  • St. Petersburg-Brujas; Brujas-St. Petersburg: 1.940 km.
  • Roma-Dortmund; Dortmund-Roma: 1,134 km.
  • Dortmund-St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg-Dortmund: 1.695 km.
  • Bruges-Rome; Rome-Bruges: 1,256 km.
  • St. Petersburg-Roma; Roma-St. Petersburg: 2.339 km.
  • Brujas-Dortmund; Dortmund-Brujas: 297 km.

Borussia Dortmund and Lazio appear to be the big favorites for the classification. In addition, their favoritism increases considering that they are the two clubs that will have to cover the fewest kilometers during the Group Stage. That is, theoretically less wear.

  1. Zenit St. Petersburg: 11.948 km.
  2. Bruges: 11,070 km.
  3. Lazio: 9,458 km.
  4. Borussia Dortmund: 6,252 km.
  • Kiev-Turin; Turin-Kiev: 1,797 km.
  • Barcelona-Budapest; Budapest-Barcelona: 1,497 km.
  • Turin-Barcelona; Barcelona-Turin: 605 km.
  • Budapest-Kiev; Kiev-Budapest: 889 km.
  • Barcelona-Kiev; Kiev-Barcelona: 2.388 km.
  • Budapest-Turin; Turin-Budapest: 912 km.

A group that presented, after the draw, Barcelona and Juventus as favorites in sporting terms. But taking into account the distances to travel, in addition, it does not seem that the trips are going to make great differences. Group G is one of the most equitable groups in this regard.

  1. Dynamo of Kiev: 10,148 km.
  2. Ferencvaros: 9.548 km.
  3. Barcelona: 8.980 km.
  4. Juventus: 6,628 km.
  • Paris-Manchester; Manchester-Paris: 605 km.
  • Leipzig-Estambul; Estambul-Leipzig: 1,707 km.
  • Istanbul-Paris; Paris-Istanbul: 2,253 km.
  • Manchester-Leipzig; Leipzig-Manchester: 1,017 km.
  • Istanbul-Manchester; Manchester-Istanbul: 2,706 km.
  • Leipzig-Paris; Paris-Leipzig: 765 km.

Group H presents a priori a spectacular duel between PSG, Manchester United and RB Leipzig to get the two places at stake to be in the Round of 16. And the differences in terms of travel do not seem, a priori, that they can be a factor that could make a difference, since the three teams present similar figures, or not too high.

  1. Istanbul Basaksehir: 13.332 km.
  2. Manchester United: 8.656 km.
  3. Paris Saint Germain: 7,246 km.
  4. RB Leipzig: 6.978 km.

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