Champions League draw LIVE: Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Man City, Rangers, Celtic in pots

Giovanni van Bronckhorst proud after Rangers reach Champions League

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The 2022/23 Champions League campaign officially gets underway on Thursday afternoon as all 32 teams – 26 qualifiers and six play-off winners – learn their group stage fates. A road ending in Istanbul in June 2023 starts in the Turkish city as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur are joined by Celtic and Rangers in the pots.

Manchester City are in Pot 1, joined by other domestic champions and last season’s Champions League and Europa League winners. Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs make up an equally-star-studded Pot 2, raising the prospect of some mouth-watering groups.

Scottish champions Celtic are joined by their bitter rivals Rangers in Pot 4 after Giovanni van Bronckhorst navigated their way through the qualifying process, defeating PSV Eindhoven in the play-off tie. Both clubs will be fantasising over the prospect of a couple of Europe’s biggest hitters visiting Glasgow in the coming months.

Express Sport is here as always to provide live coverage of the 22/23 Champions League group stage draw. Follow regular updates below…



Dinamo Zagreb

Olympique Marseille

FC Copenhagen

Club Brugge


Viktoria Plzen

Maccabi Haifa


Borussia Dortmund

RB Salzburg

Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter Milan



Sporting CP

Bayer Leverkusen






Atletico Madrid


RB Leipzig



Real Madrid (Champions League winners)

Eintracht Frankfurt (Europa League winners)

Manchester City (Premier League champions)

AC Milan (Serie A champions)

Bayern Munich (Bundesliga champions)

PSG (Ligue 1 champions)

Porto (Primeira Liga champions)

Ajax (Dutch Eredivisie champions)

The Road to Istanbul starts here

As seems to be tradition with these draws… they tend to drag… quite a bit…

SO… in the meantime, let’s run through the pots and see who the six British teams involved could be pit against.


Welcome to Express Sport’s coverage of the 2022/23 Champions League group stage draw…

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are joined by Scottish pair Celtic and Rangers in the pots.

There could be some mouth-watering fixtures on the agenda, so stay tuned for instant updates over the next hour!

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