01 October 2020 04:36
It doesn't feel like long ago since Bayern Munich defeated PSG to win the 2019/20 Champions League – and indeed it's been less than six weeks since Kingsley Coman's winning goal. As ever 32 teams feature in the draw, including English sides like Liverpool and Manchester City, European heavyweights like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and teams that have made it through the playoff stage as well. Read on for all you need to know about the group stage draw. What time is the Champions League draw? The Champions League Group Stage draw takes place in Geneva on Thursday 1st October 2020.
Who is in the Champions League draw? In total 32 teams are in the draw – although some of the spots have still not been decided, with the final round of qualification playoffs taking place tonight. The 32 teams are split into 4 seeded pots based on their UEFA ranking and the coefficients of their league, with one team from each pot drawn into each of the eight groups. Four English teams are represented in the draw with Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all hoping for a favourable draw – you can check out the pots in full below. Both Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) and Marseille (FRA) have qualified but could still be placed in either pot 3 or pot 4 depending on the results in the remaining playoff fixtures.
Pot one: Bayern, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Porto. Pot three: Dynamo Kyiv, Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig, Internazionale, Olympiakos, Lazio, Krasnodar, Atalanta. The 2020/21 Champions League campaign is set to get underway with the group stage draw to be conducted this week. German giants Bayern Munich claimed European glory last season, while it was a disappointing year for the Premier League sides. 2 The Champions League draw will take place on October 1 England's finest will be hoping for better this term with Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United flying the flag for the Premier League.
Olympiakos, Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros secured three of those spots on Tuesday, while Salzburg, Krasnodar and Midtjylland wrapped up the final places on Wednesday. The bulk of the pots for Thursday's draw had long been set, with UEFA continuing to follow the formula that puts the defending champion, the defending Europa League champion and the league winners of the top six domestic leagues as ranked by UEFA's country coefficient. Since Bayern Munich won both the Champions League and Bundesliga, the seventh-highest-ranked nation, Russia, has its champion enter the top pot. The following three pots of eight teams are determined solely by UEFA's club coefficient rankings, with the remaining 24 teams distributed in order. As a result, the pots look as follows, with the results of the playoffs determining the final two (clubs listed in order of UEFA coefficient): POT 1: Bayern Munich, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG, Porto, Zenit Saint Petersburg POT 2: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax POT 3: Dynamo Kiev, Salzburg, RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Olympiakos, Lazio, Krasnodar, Atalanta POT 4: Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Midtjylland, Rennes, Ferencvaros, Clubs from the same league cannot be paired together in the group stage (nor can clubs from Russia and Ukraine, for geopolitical reasons), which limits the possibilities when it comes to group permutations, but an early look at the finalized pots could yield groups with the following trios: Juventus-Chelsea-Leipzig: Or, the Group of USMNT, with Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams all featuring for their sides. The group stage begins in three weeks, with the competition currently set to follow its traditional format and structure after being forced to adjust as a result of the pandemic last season. The group matches will be played on the following dates: Manchester City are set to discover their Champions League group stage opponents in a draw that will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, October 1 at 4pm. All 32 of the clubs that are available to be drawn in the ceremony have now been confirmed following the end of a qualification campaign that resulted in six two-legged play-off matches to decide the full list of group stage contenders. Like Guardiola, Ancelotti and Zidane were also champions of Europe as players before hanging up their boots to become managers, with the current Manchester City boss claiming his first victory from midfield in Johan Cruyff's Barcelona 'Dream Team' in 1992, the last-ever winners of the European Cup. He returned to lead Barcelona to Champions League triumphs in 2009 and 2011 before moving on to dominate German football with Bayern Munich prior to his switch to the Etihad. It will be 10 years since his last triumph in Europe's premier club competition at the end of the 2020/21 season, and the Catalan will surely be doing all that he can to claim the trophy for a third time as manager, and end his near decade long wait to once again win the Champions League. Last season saw Guardiola fall behind Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool in the race for another Premier League title while his team were denied European glory by Lyon. The Ligue 1 side have not qualified for the competition this season but with City falling into pot two this season, their route into the knock out stages could be complicated by the threat of title-winning teams from across Europe's top leagues who they could be drawn against this year. The details on the pots for the draw, and who City could face, can be found below. What pot are Manchester City in? After finishing as runners up last season in the Premier League, City find themselves in pot two this year. Liverpool will be in pot one while Chelsea and Manchester United will also be picked from pot two. Who can Manchester City draw in the Champions League group stage? Since teams cannot be drawn against opponents from the same country, or from the same pot, it will not be possible for the Champions League to provide Europe with a Manchester derby in the group stage draw. Instead, City will have to wait and see if their Premier League rivals make it through into the knockout stages with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all destined to be drawn against different opponents in other groups. Guardiola will also sidestep any potential reunion with Barcelona who, like City, missed out on their domestic title last season, and also find themselves in pot two. Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could be selected to challenge the Catalan and his players for dominance of the group however if they are picked out from pot one as one of the three teams to travel to the Etihad and host City this season. With Shakhtar Donetsk also in pot two, the Ukrainians for once will not be able to be drawn against a Guardiola side, with the club having been regular opponents to the ex-Barcelona captain throughout his senior coaching career in Europe.