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European Champions League is in the air but group-stage draw must first hold tomorrow

European Champions League is in the air but group-stage draw must first hold tomorrow

The Champions League group-stage draw will take place on Thursday, August 31 at 5pm BST / 6pm CET/ 12pm ET/ 9am PT.

It will be hosted at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco for the first time in three years.

Last year, the group-stage draw took place in Istanbul, the city hosting the final. This season, Wembley Stadium in London is hosting the final.

How does the Champions League group-stage draw work?

The 32 teams are split into four pots of eight teams.

Pot 1 comprises last season’s Champions League and Europa League winners, along with the domestic champions of England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Portugal.
As Manchester City won the Champions League and the Premier League, the final place in Pot 1 was given to the champions of the Netherlands, Feyenoord.

The teams in Pots 2 to 4 are determined using the club coefficient rankings.

Each group will be made up of one team each from Pot 1, Pot 2, Pot 3 and Pot 4.

Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage. For example, Barcelona and Real Madrid could not be drawn in the same group, despite being in separate pots.

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Which teams are in which pots?

UEFA will confirm the seedings and make-up of the pots on the morning of the draw, but — based on UEFA’s current club coefficients — here’s what we know so far:
Pot 1: Manchester City, Sevilla, Barcelona, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Paris-Saint Germain, Benfica, Feyenoord.

Pot 2: Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Porto, Arsenal.

Pot 3: Shakhtar Donetsk, Red Bull Salzburg, AC Milan, Lazio, Red Star Belgrade.

Pot 4: Newcastle United, Union Berlin, Lens

Unconfirmed: Real Sociedad, Celtic

Which teams could still qualify?

There are six places left to decide.

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The 12 teams competing for the remaining places are halfway through their final qualifying ties. Here are the scores heading into the second legs:

(The teams playing at home in the second leg have been listed first)

AEK Athens 0-1 Antwerp
Copenhagen 1-0 Rakow
Galatasaray 3-2 Molde
Panathinaikos 1-2 Braga
PSV 2-2 Rangers
Young Boys 0-0 Maccabi Haifa
When does the Champions League group stage start?

The full fixture schedule will be announced after the draw has concluded, with the first set of games played across Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20.

Fixture 1: September 19/20, 2023
Fixture 2: October 3/4, 2023
Fixture 3: October 24/25, 2023
Fixture 4: November 7/8, 2023
Fixture 5: November 28/29, 2023
Fixture 6: December 12/13, 2023