All you need to know about Champions League group stage draw

The 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage under the competition system introduced in 2018/19 are joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.

No team can play a club from their own association and, based on decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, clubs from Russia and Ukraine must not be drawn in the same group.

In the case of associations with two or more representatives, clubs will be paired in order to split their matches between Tuesday and Wednesday.

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If a paired club is drawn, for example, in Groups A, B, C or D, the other paired club – once drawn – will automatically be assigned to one of Groups E, F, G or H.

The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.

Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.

POT 1
– Liverpool (ENG, holders)
– Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners)
– Barcelona (ESP)
– Manchester City (ENG)
– Juventus (ITA)
– Bayern (GER)
– Paris (FRA)
– Zenit (RUS)

POT 2
– Real Madrid (ESP) coefficient 146.000
– Atlético Madrid (ESP) 127.000
– Borussia Dortmund (GER) 85.000
– Napoli (ITA) 80.000
– Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 80.000
– Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 78.000
– Ajax (NED) 70.500
– Benfica (POR) 68.000

POT 3
– Lyon (FRA) 61.500
– Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 61.000
– Salzburg (AUT) 54.500
– Olympiacos (GRE) 44.000
– Club Brugge (BEL) 39.500
– Valencia (ESP) 37.000
– Internazionale Milano (ITA) 31.000
– GNK Dinamo (CRO) 29.500

POT 4
– Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) 28.500
– Genk (BEL) 25.000
– Galatasaray (TUR) 22.500
– RB Leipzig (GER) 22.000
– Slavia Praha (CZE) 21.500
– Crvena zvezda (SRB) 16.750
– Atalanta (ITA) 14.945
– LOSC Lille (FRA) 11.699

SEASON CALENDAR
– 17/18 September: group stage, matchday one
– 1/2 October: group stage, matchday two
– 22/23 October: group stage, matchday three
– 5/6 November: group stage, matchday four
– 26/27 November: group stage, matchday five
– 10/11 December: group stage, matchday six

16 December: round of 16 draw

– 18/19/25/26 February: round of 16, first leg
– 10/11/17/18 March: round of 16, second leg

20 March: quarter-final & semi-final draw

– 7/8 April: quarter-finals, first leg
– 14/15 April: quarter-finals, second leg
28/29 April: semi-finals, first leg
– 5/6 May: semi-finals, second leg

Saturday 30 May: final – Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadi, Istanbul

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