Champions League Draw, When? Who Has Qualified? All You Need To Know

The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage in the last 16. Teams finishing third in each group will be relegated to the Europa League last-16 stage, where they will face the Europa League group winners.

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The Champions League has returned and the draw for this year’s competition will take place on Thursday at 17:00 BST in Istanbul, with defending champions Chelsea among the teams eager to learn who they will face in the group stage.

Manchester City, who were beaten finalists last season, Manchester United, and Liverpool are also in the running.

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Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the draw.

Who’s in the running for the prize?

There are 26 teams that have automatically qualified for the group stage, with a further six teams progressing via the play-offs.

Spain has five qualifiers, four from their La Liga finish and one from Villarreal after winning the Europa League.

Spain: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal

England: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea

Germany: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg

Italy: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, Juventus

France: Lille, Paris St-Germain

Portugal: Sporting Lisbon, Porto

Russia: Zenit St Petersburg

Belgium: Club Brugge

Ukraine: Dynamo Kyiv

Netherlands: Ajax

Turkey: Besiktas

There are about six qualifiers from play-offs that are yet to be decided.

Here are what the seeding pots will look like.

Teams will be seeded into four pots, with the holders Chelsea and Europa League winners Villarreal in pot one.

The remaining pot one teams are made up of the champions from the six highest-ranked nations; Manchester City (England), Atletico Madrid (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy), Bayern Munich (Germany), Lille (France), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal).

Pots two, three, and four will be determined by Uefa’s club coefficient.

Here is how the draw will work.

At this point, they cannot take sides within their own organization against each other. Manchester City, for example, will avoid a clash with rivals Manchester United.

If an association has two representatives, such as Lille and PSG from France, their matches will be split between Tuesday and Wednesday.

If an association has four or more representatives, as Spain, England, Germany, and Italy do, two pairings will be formed. The 32 teams will be divided into eight four-person groups.

Here are the dates for the group matches.

Matchday one: 14/15 September

Matchday two: 28/29 September

Matchday three: 19/20 October

Matchday four: 2/3 November

Matchday five: 23/24 November

Matchday six: 7/8 December

Learn how the competition will work.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage in the last 16. Teams finishing third in each group will be relegated to the Europa League last-16 stage, where they will face the Europa League group winners.

On Saturday, May 28, the Champions League final will be held at Russia’s St Petersburg Stadium.

When is the Europa League draw coming up?

The Europa League draw for Uefa’s secondary club competition will take place on Friday at 12:00 BST in Istanbul.

This year’s competition has been reduced from 48 to 32 teams, with teams divided into four pots based on their club coefficient and drawn into eight groups of four.

No one from their own organization can be pitted against the other.
The final of this season will be held on Wednesday, May 18 in Seville, Spain.

When is the Europa Conference League draw taking place?

Starting this season, Uefa will introduce a third club competition, the Europa Conference League, and the draw for that will also take place on Friday at 12:30 BST in Istanbul.

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This competition, like the Champions League and the revamped Europa League, will feature 32 teams. Teams will be divided into four pots based on their club coefficient and drawn into eight groups of four.

Again, no sides from their own organization can be taken against each other. Matches in the group stage will be played on Thursday nights, the same night as the Europa League.

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