Thursday, September 7, 2023

Champions League group stage draw LIVE: Date, UK start time, pots and how to follow as Europe’s top clubs find out opponents

The Champions League group stage draw takes place this week as Europe’s best clubs find out who they will face in the 2023/24 campaign.

Reigning champions Manchester City are out for another European title this season and they are a team that all will be fearing.

Man City finally won the Champions League last seasonGetty

Pep Guardiola’s side are in Pot 1 and are the only Premier League team to be in there with Manchester United and Arsenal included in a star-studded Pot 2. 

14-time winners Real Madrid were beaten to the La Liga title by Barcelona last season meaning Barca claimed the top tier place.

Newcastle are ready for their first draw in over 20 years and they will be pulled from Pot 4 meaning they are set to receive a tough group back in Europe. 

Champions League draw: Date and how to follow 

The draw will take place on Thursday, August 31 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. 

It is scheduled to begin at around 6pm local time which is 5pm in the UK.

It will be broadcast live on while TNT Sports will also have coverage of the event. 

talkSPORT and will also keep you updated on the draw throughout the evening. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

The Champions League draw will take place in Monaco

Champions League draw: How does it work? 

The 32 teams involved in the draw are split into four pots

Pot 1 is filled with the reigning Champions League winners, Europa League winners and domestic league winners. 

Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the clubs’ coefficient ranking. More details on coefficient rankings can be found here

A team from each Pot will be drawn into a group but no team can be drawn against a club from their own country. 

Any other restrictions are expected to be announced ahead of the draw. 

Champions League draw: Pots

Pot 1

Manchester CitySevillaBarcelonaNapoliBayern MunichParis Saint-GermainBenficaFeyenoord

Pot 2

Real MadridManchester UnitedInter MilanBorussia DortmundAtletico MadridRB LeipzigPortoArsenal

14-time champions Real Madrid are in Pot 2 for the drawGetty

Pot 3

Shakhtar DonetskRed Bull SalzburgAC MilanLazioRed Star BelgradeOne ‘League Path’ winner

Pot 3 or 4

CelticReal SociedadTwo ‘Champions Path’ winnersOne ‘League Path’ winner

Pot 4

NewcastleUnion BerlinLensTwo ‘Champions Path’ winners

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