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Champions League draw: All you need to know

UCL DRAW: All you need to know ahead of the ceremony in Monaco

UCL DRAW: All you need to know ahead of the ceremony in Monaco

Manchester City will discover their opponents for the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League on Thursday 29 August, when the draw takes place in Monaco.

The Blues will be competing in Europe’s premier competition for the ninth successive season, the longest current run of any English side.

City, who became the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League title last season, will be placed in pot one alongside Liverpool and Chelsea.

Here’s your guide to how the draw will work. 


Thursday 29 August at 5pm. 



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The group stage draw separates the 32 teams into eight groups of four.

•             The 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties played on 20/21 and 27/28 August.

•             The teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.

•             No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.

•             The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.

Pot 1:

Liverpool (ENG, holders)

Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners)

Barcelona (ESP)

Manchester City (ENG)

Juventus (ITA)

Bayern (GER)

Paris (FRA)

Zenit (RUS)


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Other automatic entrants, including coefficients:

146.000 Real Madrid (ESP)

127.000 Atlético Madrid (ESP)

85.000 Borussia Dortmund (GER)

80.000 Napoli (ITA)

80.000 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

78.000 Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

68.000 Benfica (POR)

61.500 Lyon (FRA)

61.000 Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

54.500 Salzburg (AUT)

37.000 Valencia (ESP)

31.000 Internazionale Milano (ITA)

28.500 Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)

25.000 Genk (BEL)

22.500 Galatasaray (TUR)

22.000 RB Leipzig (GER)

14.945 Atalanta (ITA)

11.699 LOSC Lille (FRA)

Six play-off winners TBC

Match dates:

Matchday one: 17/18 September

Matchday two: 1/2 October

Matchday three: 22/23 October

Matchday four: 5/6 November

Matchday five: 26/27 November

Matchday six: 10/11 December

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