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Champions League group-stage draw
Date: Thursday, 29 August Venue: Grimaldi Forum, Monaco Time: 7.00pm
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Champions League holders Liverpool and Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham will find out their group-stage opponents when the draw takes place in Monaco on Today.


Jurgen Klopp’s side won the competition by beating Spurs in last term’s final. The Reds, Europa League winners Chelsea and Premier League champions City have all been seeded in pot one.

The Pots.

Pot one:

Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg

Pot two:

Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham, Ajax, Benfica

Pot three:

Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Salzburg, Olympiakos, Club Bruges, Valencia, Inter Milan, Dinamo Zagreb

Pot four:

Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Slavia Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Atalanta, Lille

This season’s final takes place on Saturday, 30 May at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.



A total of 26 teams made it directly into the group-stage draw, while six further teams joined them following the completion of Wednesday’s play-off matches.

Teams are split into four pots – the top one containing the two Uefa competition winners, Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as the champions of the six highest-ranked nations which are Manchester City, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg.

The remaining teams will be split into pots two to four by order of the club coefficient rankings. No team can play a club from their own association meaning last season’s runners-up Tottenham will not be drawn against one of the other English sides.

UEFA awards

The following award winners will also be announced during the draw ceremony:

  • UEFA Men’s Player of the Year
  1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
  3. Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool
  • UEFA Women’s Player of the Year
  1. Lucy Bronze, Lyon
  2. Ada Hegerberg, Lyon
  3. Amandine Henry, Lyon
  • Goalkeeper of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season
  1. Alisson Becker, Liverpool
  2. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham
  3. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona
  • Defender of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season
  1. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
  2. Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax (currently at Juventus)
  3. Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool
  • Midfielder of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season
  1. Frenkie de Jong, Ajax (currently at Barcelona)
  2. Christian Eriksen, Tottenham
  3. Jordan Henderson, Liverpool
  • Forward of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season
  1. Sadio Mane, Liverpool
  2. Lionel Messi, Barcelona
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus

Europa League Player of the season

  1. Olivier Giroud, Chelsea
  2. Eden Hazard, Chelsea (currently at Real Madrid)
  3. Luka Jovic, Eintracht Frankfurt (currently at Real Madrid)

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 – Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul

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