Champions League draw: Who can Borussia Dortmund face in the group stage?

Elena Summers
August 30, 2018

Last season's semi-finalists Roma are also in pot two, while fellow Serie A side Napoli boast Carlo Ancelotti, a three-time victor of the competition, as their new coach.

Pot 1 contains Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid as Champions League and Europa League holders, along with last season's champions of the top six European leagues.

On the other hand, if the draw goes City's way they could be matched with Shakhtar Donetsk, PSV Eindhoven and Young Boys for example, a group you'd expect City to win with some comfort. And Manchester City may be wary, as the 33-time Spanish champions have are preparing an astonishing move for one of their key players.

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Following yesterday's playoff round, we now know the 32 teams that will be playing in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season. United's place in pot two does leave Jose Mourinho's men likely to face one of the elite clubs in the group stage, though.

The teams are split into four seeding pots.


Huge clubs lurk in every pot, so there is every chance of a "group of death" scenario unfolding when the draw is made.

Benfica got past PAOK 5-2 on aggregate in the playoff round to secure safe passage into the group stage, and that rubber-stamps Liverpool's berth in Pot 3.

The Champions League draw is now settled after the last round of play-off games on Wednesday night.

Pot three actually has plenty of decent clubs and the weakest sides are probably those qualifying from the Eredivisie, and it's only fair to pick Ajax after their second place finish.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for a similar run this season, albeit they would prefer to lift the trophy at the end of it. While Inter Milan are arguably the worst possible opponent in pot four, having made some impressive signings in the summer.

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