Champions League draw: Pots for groups confirmed

Dean Simpson
August 30, 2018

They could also face Roma, Porto or Borussia Dortmund who are among the eight teams in Pot 2.

His presentation at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is likely to take place on Friday, as president Florentino Perez heads up the club's delegation in Monaco on Thursday, for the Champions League draw.

These late changes also had an impact on clubs who had already qualified with Liverpool most notably missed out on a place in pot two.

Mane was on target during the second half to briefly pull the Premier League team level and, ahead of Thursday's draw for the group stage, the Senegal worldwide feels last season's experience can only be beneficial.

Real Madrid have reportedly turned their attention to Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as they seek a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Liverpool will be in Pot 3 for the draw - meaning they are only guaranteed to avoid the likes of Schalke and Lyon - and there will be a host of European giants they could come up against...

Sterling has less than two years on his current contract and has been dragging his feet on committing to the club, with whom he now earns £175k a week.

As nervous as you'll be trying to discuss your team's chances and analyze the prospects soon after the draw, hold your horses, for there's the UEFA Men's Best Player award to conclude the starry ceremony! Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim, Young Boys, AEK Athens and Red Star Belgrade make up pot four.

The former Borussia Dortmund coach has impressed at Anfield since his 2015 arrival, steering the Reds to finals in the EFL Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League. They may have reached the final last time out, but Benfica have pipped them to Pot 2 on the basis of long-term consistency.

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