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Champions League group stage draw: Pots, timings and fixture dates

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 31, 2023. 10:20 pm UPDATED: Aug 31, 2023. 10:20 pm

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The pots for Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw were chosen after Antwerp, FC Copenhagen, and PSV Eindhoven secured the final three spots in this year’s competition.

The group draw will be the final one since the UCL will be restructured into a single 36-team league the following season.

Manchester City, the reigning champions, is paired in Pot 1 with Sevilla, the UEFA Europa League champion. Since Pep Guardiola’s club also won the Premier League, the Eredivisie champions are elevated from Pot 3 to the second seed. Feyenoord and the winners of the top six leagues are the other teams in the top pot.

Newcastle United is positioned in Pot 4 based on UEFA’s five-year coefficient score because they will be competing in Europe for the first time in 11 seasons. It suggests that the Magpies’ re-entry into the Champions League might be difficult in a group that features groups like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and AC Milan.

Time and Date:

The opening matches for the group stage are scheduled for September 19 and 20, and the group stage draw will begin on Thursday at noon ET/5 p.m. UK. The timetable is expected to be made public by Saturday.

One team will be selected from each pot to make up the group. Teams from the same national association cannot be included in a group.

The 2018 championship game will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium.

POT 1

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Manchester City
Sevilla
Barcelona
Napoli
Bayern Munich
Paris Saint-Germain
Benfica
Feyenoord

POT 2

Real Madrid

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Manchester United
Internazionale
Borussia Dortmund
Atletico Madrid
RB Leipzig
FC Porto
Arsenal

POT 3

Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Salzburg

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AC Milan
Braga
PSV Eindhoven
Lazio
Red Star Belgrade
FC Copenhagen

POT 4

Young Boys
Real Sociedad
Galatasaray

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Celtic
Newcastle United
Union Berlin
Antwerp
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