Pots ready for 2023-24 Champions League group stage draw

The pots for Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw were finalized after Antwerp, FC Copenhagen And PSV Eindhoven secured the final three places in this season’s competition.

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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.

JAR 1

Manchester City
Seville
Barcelona
Naples
Bayern Munich
Paris Saint Germain
Benfica
Feyenoord

POT 2

real Madrid
Manchester United
International
Borussia Dortmund
Atlético Madrid
RB Leipzig
FC Porto
Arsenal

POT 3

Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Salzburg
AC Milan
Braga
PSV Eindhoven
Lazio
Red Star Belgrade
FC Copenhagen

POT 4

Young boys
Real Sociedad
Galatasaray
Celtic
Newcastle United
Union Berlin
Antwerp
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Source link: https://www.espn.co.uk/football/story/_/id/38289620/pots-set-2023-24-champions-league-group-draw

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