The Champions League group-stage draw takes place on Thursday, with Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea set to find their first opponents within the 2021/22 competitors.
When is the draw?
The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw will happen from 5pm (BST) on Thursday August 26. The draw ceremony is being held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Which groups are within the draw?
Twenty-six groups certified routinely for the Champions League group stage by way of their 2020/21 league place, whereas six additional groups will guide their locations after Wednesday’s play-offs.
The Premier League has 4 representatives on the group stage.
- England: Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
- Spain: Atletico Madrid, Actual Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal
- Italy: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, Juventus
- Germany: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg
- France: Lille, Paris Saint-Germain
- Portugal: Sporting, Porto, Benfica
- Netherlands: Ajax
- Russia: Zenit St Petersburg
- Austria: Salzburg
- Belgium: Membership Brugge
- Ukraine: Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk
- Turkey: Besiktas
- Switzerland: Younger Boys
- Sweden: Malmo
- Moldova: Sheriff Tiraspol
How does the draw work?
The 32 groups might be cut up into 4 seeding pots for Thursday’s draw.
Pot 1 will encompass the holders, Chelsea, Europa League winners, Villarreal, and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who didn’t qualify by way of one of many 2020/21 continental titles. Pots 2 to 4 might be decided by membership coefficient rankings.
No workforce can play a aspect from their very own league at this stage, which means there might be no all-English ties till the knockout part. UEFA will verify another restrictions forward of the draw ceremony.
The pots – and who Premier League sides may face
Holders Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis might be drawn from Pot 1, whereas Manchester United and Liverpool might be drawn from Pot 2.
Chelsea and Metropolis, final season’s finalists, could possibly be drawn in opposition to the likes of Actual Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain within the group stage, whereas United and Liverpool may draw Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich or Inter Milan, the respective reigning Spanish, German and Italian champions.
Pot 1: Chelsea, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Man Metropolis, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting.
Pot 2: Actual Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Man Utd, PSG, Liverpool, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund.
Pot 3: Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Benfica, Atalanta, Zenit, Shakhtar Donetsk, Salzburg.
Pot 4: Besiktas, Dynamo Kyiv, Membership Brugge, Younger Boys, AC Milan, Malmo, Wolfsburg, Sherrif Tiraspol.
When are the group stage video games?
The complete fixture checklist for the group stage might be revealed after the draw however UEFA has confirmed the matchday dates.
Matchday 1: September 14/15
Matchday 2: September 28/29
Matchday 3: 19/20 October
Matchday 4: 2/3 November
Matchday 5: 23/24 November
Matchday 6: 7/8 December
Spherical of 16: February 15/16/22/23 & March 8/9/15/16 2022
Quarter-finals: April 5/6 & 12/13 2022
Semi-finals: April 26/27 & 3/4 2022
Remaining: Could 28 2022 (St Petersburg, Russia)