This will be the last time a group draw will take place, with UCL has reorganized itself next season into a league of 36 teams.
Manchester City take their place in Pot 1 as title holders, alongside Sevillewho won the UEFA Europa League. The rest of the top pot is made up of the champions of the top six leagues as well as Feyenoord; the Eredivisie winners are promoted from Pot 3 as Pep Guardiola’s side also won the premier league.
Hats 2 to 4 are constructed based on the UEFA coefficient over five years, with Newcastle United in Pot 4 as it will be their first European campaign in 11 seasons. This means the Magpies could face a difficult return to the Champions League in a group against, say, Bayern Munich, real Madrid And AC Milan.
The group stage draw begins on Thursday at 5pm UK/noon ET, with the first matches scheduled for September 19-20. The schedule is expected to be announced by Saturday.
One team from each pot will be drawn into a group. Teams from the same national association cannot be placed in the same group.
This season’s final will take place at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday June 1.