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Here's what you need to know about Uefa's new-look Champions League draw

32 of the continent’s top clubs will learn their fate this afternoon.

Updated 8am

Monaco Soccer Champions League Draw UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and Iker Casillas at last year/s draw. AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images


The draw for the Champions League group stages.

When and where is it on?

4.45pm today in the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

How will it work?

You know the drill, the 32 clubs who have qualified will be drawn from four pots to make up eight groups of four teams, who will play each other home and away.

What’s new about it?

For the first year, Pot 1 will be made up of the current holders and the seven reigning champions from continent’s top leagues (Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France, Russia). However, as Barcelona are champions of both the Champions League and the Spanish top flight, Dutch title winners PSV Eindhoven have also been added.

Teams are placed in the other three pots depending on their Uefa club coefficient.

Anything else I need to know?

With Sevilla handed a place as winners of the Europe League and Valencia coming through the play-offs, Spain will have five clubs in the draw, which is a first for the Champions League.

So who’s in what pot?

Pot 1: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea, Juventus, Paris St. Germain, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven

Pot 2: Arsenal , Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester City ,Manchester United , Real Madrid, Porto, Valencia.

Pot 3: CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Kiev, Lyon, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla

Pot 4: Astana, BATE Borisov, Borussia Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Gent, Malmo

Originally published Wednesday, 16.50.

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