The pots for Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw have been finalised after Antwerp, FC Copenhagen and PSV Eindhoven secured the ultimate three locations on this season’s competitors.
It would be the final time a group draw takes place, with the UCL revamped subsequent season into one 36-team league.
Manchester City take their place in Pot 1 as titleholders, together with Sevilla, who gained the UEFA Europa League. The remainder of the highest pot is made up of the champions of the highest six leagues in addition to Feyenoord; the Eredivisie winners are promoted from Pot 3 as Pep Guardiola’s staff additionally gained the Premier League.
Pots 2-4 are constructed based mostly on UEFA’s five-year coefficient rating, with Newcastle United in Pot 4 as this can be their first European marketing campaign for 11 seasons. It means the Magpies might face a tricky return to the Champions League in a group towards, for occasion, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
The group stage draw will start at 5 p.m. UK / noon ET on Thursday, with the primary fixtures scheduled for Sept. 19 and 20. The schedule is predicted to be introduced by Saturday.
One staff from every pot can be drawn right into a group. Teams from the identical nationwide affiliation can’t be positioned into the identical group.
This season the ultimate can be held at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday, June 1.
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