Champions League draw: The Pots

Champions League draw: The Pots

The first round of group stage matches will take place on September 12 and 13.

Teams also benefit with 20% of their association's coefficient over the previous five years - so sides from countries with a track record of European success benefit, even if they haven't contributed themselves.

Celtic are relying on Hoffenheim knocking out Liverpool to move up to pot three in Thursday's Champions League group stage draw. This does mean City can't draw the likes of PSG, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but will hope to avoid some of the Pot 1 big dogs.

Completed the qualifying stage of the Champions League 2017-2018.

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Pot 1: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea, Juventus, Monaco, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow.

Pot 4: CSKA Moscow/, Maribor, Celtic, APOEL/, Feyenord, FK /, Leipzig, and Steaua Bucharest/.

The 32 teams are drawn into four pots and will be separated into eight four-team groups.

Pot one contains the holders and champions of the highest-ranked European nations, while the three remaining pots are seeded by UEFA's co-efficient rankings. Thanks to the away goal, the Ukrainian team goalkeeper Anton Kanibolotskiy has included Azerbaijan in the list of participants of the group stage of the Champions League. Most of the top clubs in the world that you'd expect to see are back - Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the like - but there are some new faces too. This may lead to some of the teams in Pot 1 already having their placement determined before they're even drawn, especially English and Spanish clubs.

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