Pots and seedings confirmed for Champions League group stage draw

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 24, 2017

The most important rule for the draw is that teams from the same league can not be drawn into the same group, but there are also balance considerations (equal distribution of teams from the same league between groups A-D and E-H, as much as possible, to maximize TV coverage), and the continuing special rule that teams from Russian Federation and Ukraine can not be drawn against each other due to their real-world situation.

Tottenham, which should face its former star Gareth Bale with Madrid, was arguably the unluckiest of the record five English sides.

The UEFA Champions League draw divides the 32 teams that qualified for the group stage in eight groups (A-H) with four teams in each group. The top two in each of the eight groups advance to the knockout rounds.

While five-time winners Liverpool must topple two of Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor in Group E.

The 39-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career, including being the most expensive goalkeeper for 16 years, playing in three Champions League finals and winning the 2006 World Cup with Italy.

Barcelona, which was in the second-seeded pot, landed with Juventus - a rematch of the 2015 final won 3-1 by the Spanish giant - Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon.

Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Porto, Sevilla.

Pep Gurdiola and Manchester City take on Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F.

The final takes place at the NSK Olimpiyskyi in Kiev on May 26.

Premier League champions Chelsea are in pot one alongside Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco and Spartak Moscow.

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