Friday, September 29, 2023

Champions League 2023/24 group stage pots: Seedings confirmed as Newcastle, Manchester United and Arsenal face tough draws

UEFA have now confirmed the seedings for the 2023/24 Champions League group stage draw.

Champions Manchester City have been placed in Pot 1 as titleholders following their 1-0 win over Inter Milan in Istanbul.

There were jubilant scenes as City won the Champions Leaguegetty

Europa League winners Sevilla will be joining Pep Guardiola’s side in Pot 1 alongside the champions from Europe’s top six leagues.

But due to Champions League winners City also claiming the Premier League title, their domestic spot passes to Eredivisie’s top side Feyenoord.

This has left some huge teams in Pot 2, with Manchester United and Arsenal joining 14-time winners Real Madrid in getting a tough group.

Newcastle will be placed in Pot 4 due to their low coefficient having not played in Europe for 20 years.

They will be joined by Union Berlin and Lens who are also in the lowest seed due to their lack of Champions League experience.

Six teams still need to go through the qualifying rounds to earn a place in the Champions League group stages.

And qualifying for those six spots is now well underway.

It has now reached the final play-off round, so the teams that are currently unsure about their spot will find out where they will be placed soon.

Serial European champions Madrid find themselves in Pot 2Getty

What are the pots for the 2023/24 Champions League?

Pot 1

Manchester CitySevillaBarcelonaNapoliBayern MunichParis Saint-GermainBenficaFeyenoord

Pot 2

Real MadridManchester UnitedInter MilanBorussia DortmundAtletico MadridRB LeipzigPortoArsenal

Pot 3

Shakhtar DonetskRed Bull SalzburgAC MilanLazioRed Star BelgradeRangers / Braga / PSV

Pot 3 or 4

CelticReal SociedadFour ‘Champions Path’ winners One ‘League Path’ winner

Pot 4

NewcastleUnion BerlinLens 

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